What is Building Control?
The Building Control process is a legal requirement that must be obtained before carrying out work that involves the erection, extension or alteration of a building. The process ensures that building work is carried out in compliance with the Building Regulations and allied legislation.
Building Control Approval should not be confused with Planning Permission and vice versa.
Planning permission: relates to the appearance of the development and its impact on neighbouring properties and the surrounding area. To see if a planning application is required and for further information relating to the Planning process, see:
Building Control Approval: Building Regulations promote minimum standards for most aspects of a building's construction. They include the energy efficiency in buildings, the needs of all people, including those with disabilities, in accessing and moving around buildings.
Examples of where an application is required are: extensions, loft conversions and structural alterations. For further information please use the interactive house tool below:
Adur & Worthing Councils also have guides containing information about extending or renovating your home, see:
- Building Regulations - on the GOV.UK website
- About Building Control, advice for Homeowners - on the LABC website
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Page last updated: 12 September 2023