Understanding the Difference
If you want to carry out any kind of renovation on a property – be it commercial or domestic – there’s a good chance you’ll either need planning permission or building regulations consent which is why it’s crucial to do your research and work with architectural design experts that are familiar with all rules and regulations. You may even need the thumbs up from both approval regimes to begin your project – but what’s the difference between these two safety regulations?
Building regulations set standards for the physical design and structure of a building, taking into account the health and safety of those who come within close proximity. Regulations of this kind are concerned with how a building is constructed, with particular reference to stability, fire safety, site preparation and resistance to moisture, toxic substance, sound resistance, ventilation, hygiene, drainage and waste disposal, heat-producing appliances, protection from falling, collision and impact, access and facilities for disabled people, glazing safety and electrical safety.
They also focus on the conservation of fuel and power to ensure vital supplies are not wasted and are utilised in the most efficient way possible. Therefore, if you want to carry out specific renovation work, be it internally and externally, you may need to contact a building control body to check the building regulations or apply for approval.
While building regulations focus on the actual safety features and structure of the building, planning permission helps guide the way towns, cities and country dwellings are developed, ensuring land and buildings are used or adapted in a way that suits both the environment and community.
Planning permission takes into account the appearance and landscape of buildings as well as whether they’ll have a negative impact on surroundings. For instance, if someone wants to build a large extension in an urban environment, they may be refused planning permission if it were to obstruct light from a neighbouring property. Similarly, permission can be rejected if the proposals threaten wildlife, travel routes or a protected area.
In short, planning permission is necessary to stop individuals and contractors from doing what they want, where they want, regardless of how it’ll affect others. That said, it’s not usually difficult or necessary to apply for loft planning permission or for other small changes to an abode.
The two go Hand-in-Hand
So, as you can see, building regulations and planning permission go hand-in-hand, ensuring the safety and well-being of not only the public, but of the world we live in. As the UK becomes more environmentally aware, there’s a big eco-friendly push with large developments being rejected on the basis of conserving wilderness areas – which in turn fits in with the energy-saving ethos of building regulations.
Contact your Local Home Designer
If you want to make renovations to your abode and are unsure of how to proceed, Bluelime Home Design will be happy to help ensure you meet all the rules and regulations while simultaneously developing your perfect home.