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What are Building Regulations & How is it Approved?

Building regulations are minimum standards for design, construction and alterations to virtually every building. The regulations are developed by the UK government and approved by Parliament.

The Building Regulations 2010 cover the construction and extension of buildings and these regulations are supported by Approved Documents. Approved Documents set out detailed practical guidance on compliance with the regulations.

Building regulations approval is different from planning permission and you might need both for your project. Even if building regulations are not required for your project it is still a good idea to get them produced as these drawings are essentially the construction drawings for your project in which the contractors will base their prices and construct from.

The Process

Building regulation drawings are usually produced once planning permission has been granted for your project. JHA will quote a fee at the beginning of the planning process that will usually be a combined fee for a complete planning & building regulations package.

Once a full building regulations package has been produced JHA will fill out all the necessary forms, submit the building regulations application to the local authority and liaise with them to gain full approval.

As part of the buildings regulations package structural calculations may be required depending on the complexity of your project. These calculations will be done by an independent structural engineer in which JHA will liaise with to co-ordinate the structural requirement for your project. All structural engineer costs are not covered in JHA pricing and is set and paid for directly to the structural engineer appointed.