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What permission do I need

Depending on the work you're doing you might need to get planning permission or building regulation approval, or both. If you go ahead without permission or approval, you might end up having to put things back to how they were. 

Planning permission

You’ll probably need planning permission if you want to:

  • build something new
  • make a major change, like building an extension
  • change the use of your building

For further information about planning requirements vist the Planning Portal website.

Building regulation approval

You need building regulation approval to check the work you're doing reaches certain safety and energy efficiency standards. You will probably need building regulation approval for: 

  • a new building
  • an extension
  • a loft-conversion
  • alterations to the structure of the building
  • home improvements like a new boiler, radiators, bathroom, fuse box, electric, windows, doors, and roofing 

You can check if your work needs building regulation approval on the Local Authority Building control website.

Once you know you need approval you can apply for planning permission and or building regulation approval on this website.

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