Some building types and work do not need formal building control approval and therefore are exempt from needing to make an application.

These include:

  • detached buildings housing machinery or plant which people do not visit except for maintenance or repair
  • some greenhouses and agricultural buildings
  • small detached buildings under 30m2 where no sleeping accommodation is provided
  • extensions of a building by the addition at ground level (ie on its own foundations) of conservatories, canopies, porches, covered ways and car ports, all with a floor area not exceeding 30m2. There are specific exemption criteria for these latter types - please refer to the Building Regulations to confirm the exemption.

The construction and distance from boundaries are controlled in some cases. See schedule 2 of the regulations for details.

Please contact us for advice if you are not sure whether you need building regulations approval.

Page owner: Lindsay Goodman. Last updated: 17/10/2017 14:53