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.

Home renovations

Read our LABC Guide to Renovating your Home booklet for more details about particular projects. The guide also has essential information about project planning, tips for employing builders and more.

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 leaflet to find out about the rules surrounding:

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

Apply for building regulations approval

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