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Avoid a DIY Disaster this Bank Holiday

Posted by Geoff Wilkinson on March 28, 2011 at 2:13 PM

The Royal Wedding means that there will be a bumper crop of Bank Holiday weekends this year, and for many that will mean one thing - DIY!


Every year we get enquiries from people who are in the process of moving and have only just realised that they needed Building Regulations on DIY work they have carrired out, which causes delay and may mean that the sale may well fall through, so dont get caught out, with our guide.


So what projects need approval?

A common mistake is to confuse Planning Permission with Building Regulations, and whilst a project might not need planning, the majority will require approval under the Building Regulations, these include:-

1. The construction of a new House, Office, Shop, Factory, Hotel or other significant Building.

2. The extension of any building, unless the extension is either a porch or conservatory (see below).

3. Structural Alterations carried out on buildings, eg. removing load-bearing walls.

4. Alterations to drainage systems, heating systems and hot water systems.

5. Internal alterations to commercial buildings that affect means of escape in case of fire.

6. Cavity Wall Insulation.

7. Underpinning.

8. Replacement Windows.

9. Certain changes of use of Buildings.


Some projects are exempt from the Building Regulations, these include:


1.Agricultural Buildings.

2. Temporary Buildings intended to remain in place for no longer than 28 days.

3. Small Detached Buildings which contain no sleeping accommodation and have a floor area not exceeding 15m2 eg. garden sheds.

4. Small Detached Buildings with a floor area not exceeding 30m2 which contain no sleeping accommodation and are either substantially non-combustible or are located at least 1m from the property boundary eg. Detached single or small double garages of masonry construction.

5. Porches with a floor area not exceeding 30m2 so long as a door is retained in the current front door position.

6. Conservatories with a floor area not exceeding 30m2 providing that the conservatory is separated from the house, is single storey, substantially glazed and has a translucent roof.

7. Carports open on at least two sides.

8. Covered ways.

For a more detailed guide checkout our downloads page or click here for an Interactive Guide

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