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What are Building Regulations?

Building regulations are national standards for England and Wales which apply to most types of buildings, whether in the home or a commercial development. They ensure that the built environment in which we all live is a safe place. The regulations also ensure that adequate access and facilities are provided for people with disabilities and include requirements for conservation of fuel and power. 

If you are planning any kind of home improvements you can find lots of helpful information and inspiring ideas for every type of project from concept to completion on LABC's Home&Build website.  

Please note that building regulations are NOT the same as Planning Permission. Planning rules determine whether you are allowed to go ahead with a building project and Building Regulations set standards for the design and construction of buildings to ensure the safety and health of people in or about those buildings. You should be confident you do not need planning permission before you apply for building regulations. You can check by visiting the appropriate council website below:


Local Authority Building Control (LABC) represents all local authority building control teams in England and Wales. Our members work cooperatively with building owners, home owners, architects, plan drawers, developers, building contractors and other professionals to ensure buildings are safe, healthy and efficient to meet the standards set by the building regulations. Watch this short video to see how we could help with your project.

Masterminds of Construction

This video is part of a series of films produced in association with CIOB "Masterminds of Construction". It looks at how local authority building control teams help deliver construction projects (large or small) in a timely and efficient manner.