Building regulations are standards for the design and construction of buildings to ensure health and safety is adhered to. The regulations also include requirements for fuel and power, and for facilities that allow people to access and move around inside buildings – including those with disabilities.
If your property is located within a conservation area, minor works to residential buildings can normally be carried out without obtaining planning permission. Like-for-like repairs will not require planning permission, but will be subject to building regulations approval. If you wish to undertake alterations, such as upgrading to double glazing, you should check with your local planning authority first, as enforcement action may be taken if alterations are deemed to be inappropriate.
On the 1st April 2002, the Building Regulations for England and Wales began to include doors and windows.
This means that replacement windows and doors in your home are subject to the requirements of these regulations.
In order to meet your commitments under building regulations for windows and doors, you can:
Apply for approval to replace your windows and doors through your local authorityor building control department – there is usually a charge for this, calculated as a percentage of the project cost.
Use a manufacturer/installer who is registered with FENSA – there is usually no additional charge for this. We are FENSA registered and will be able to offer you this service.
Regulations for listed buildings
Listed buildings are protected by law and will always require listed buildings consent for any alterations which may affect the character of the building.
Your local planning authority will decide whether to give permission for the use of double glazing in your property. If permission is agreed, we’ll be able to offer FENSA certification for your installation. If your application is rejected, like-for-like replacements with single glazing will be required. For these, an application for a building notice should be made through building control, who will inspect your property before the installation, and carry out at least one further inspection after installation. They will then issue you with a certificate.
If you’d like further information regarding building regulations, listed building consent or any other part of the process, please ask us. We’ll be more than happy to help.