Do I need building regulations approval?

The best way to find out if you need building regulations approval is to check our list of projects that do not require approval and read the right LABC guide for your project.

Projects that do not require building regulations approval

  • Emergency boiler repairs
  • Adding power points or lighting points, or any other alterations to existing electrical circuits (except around baths and showers)
  • Like-for-like replacements of baths, toilets, basins and sinks
  • Most repairs, replacements and maintenance work

Some work can be carried out without needing building regulation approval if the installer is registered with a competent persons scheme.

Conversions and extensions

Read our Guide to Extending Your Home booklet for more details specifically related to conversion and extension projects.

Building new structures

Read our Guide for homeowners page to find out about the rules surrounding:

  • Conservatories
  • Porches
  • Garages
  • Carports
  • Sheds and summerhouses

Apply for building regulations approval

For more information and advice on renovation, read the LABC Guide to Renovating Your Home

If you are not sure whether your project needs building regulations approval, email us at or call 01403 215151 of fill in our online enquiry form