Building Regulations, Approvals & Planning Permission
Building regulations, approvals, and planning permissions are bureaucratic nature and can be quite confusing if you are not sure where to start. Not only do we assist with the practical and logistical designs of a new build, a room conversion, or a house extension, but we also assist with filing and understanding the associated regulations and permits that are needed to begin any building project. It is illegal to simply start building a new structure, even if it is on your own property. you must first obtain a permit from the council authorities to do so.
Residential Building Regulations
Residential building regulations usually consist of safety measures that are intended to keep home dwellers safe while on the premises. These include fire escapes, insulation, access to plumbing and running water, and other household features that make a property residential instead of an empty room with a bed. These regulations are also in place to avoid scams and people renting out rooms that have no facilities or safety measures, and to avoid overcrowding.
Commercial Building Regulations
Commercial building regulations differ slightly in that the property is developed for employees and commercial use to welcome clients and other visitors on a large-scale basis. Commercial properties are required to have enough space for easy entry and exit during emergencies, as well as space to accommodate a particular capacity of people. Commercial buildings are also required to meet other building standards based on their location and relation to other businesses and residential areas.
Building approvals are granted to those who have applied for the correct permits to begin their new building project. Once the project has been completed and thoroughly inspected by a professional and has met all of the necessary requirements, it will then receive approval for use. Commercial buildings receive this approval and can then welcome employees, customers, and visitors of all kinds to the premises safely. The same can be done when a residential property receives approval, as it can then be lived in, rented out, or sold on the real estate market.
Planning permissions are incredibly important to consider especially in a place like England where space and land are scarce. It is not enough to simply on the space, but you must apply for the correct permissions to begin building on it in any capacity. If you fail to do so, you will be charged hefty fees and fines and may be required to dismantle the new building project you have embarked on, all at your own expense. To avoid this hassle and any future problems that could arise from it, professional architects offer great solutions that enable you to customize and implement unique designs for your building project, while also understanding the necessary steps to apply for building permits that are relevant to your building project. Applying for the wrong permit or not including the right details in an existing application can result in an unfavourable decision towards your potential building project.