Building Control guidance and case studies

Guidance for your project

If you are a homeowner planning to update, renovate or extend your property, we hope you find the below documents useful. For further advice, please online enquiry form.

LABC Guide to Renovating your Home A comprehensive guide to every step of a home renovation project, including advice on specific work, tips for employing builders, and a guide to building regulations.

Guide to Extending Your Home A booklet specifically related to conversion and extension project, including information on loft conversions, garage conversions, cellar conversions and building an extension.

Does my work need building regulations? A short leaflet detailing the building regulations rules surrounding conservatories, porches, garages and carports, and sheds and summerhouses.

Building over, near a public sewer or shared drain

If you are thinking about building an extension, conservatory or garage to your home, this could have an impact on your underground sewers. Therefore at an early stage you will need to know where your pipes are, as this could affect your design and you might need the approval of your Water Authority.  Please see the links below for further guidance.
Thames Water 
Southern Water

Party Wall Act guidance

Persons intending to carry out building operations affecting the party wall, or make excavations near the party wall associated with the building work are advised of their duties and responsibilities detailed in the Party Wall etc. Act 1996. This is a separate piece of legislation to the building regulations and is not controllable by the Local Authority.

Further information on carrying out building work under the Party Wall etc Act 1996, or what to do if your neighbour tells you they're about to carry out work can be found on the government website.

For further advice and guidance for both homeowners and professionals, visit the LABC website.

Technical guidance

Technical Guidance for Soakaway Design Guidance for installing a soakaway, an underground pit designed to drain away excess water.

Technical Guidance for sewage disposal Useful guidance if your property is outside the water authority main sewer areas.

Technical Guidance for building near trees Guidance on building new extensions or properties near existing trees

Technical Guidance - Building a New Domestic Garage Guidance on building attached and detached garages and carports