About building control

Building regulations

These rules cover England and Wales and apply to most types of buildings, including homes and commercial developments. 

They exist to protect our health and safety in and around buildings. They also cover things like saving energy and making buildings suitable for people with a disability. 

Building regulations set out the standards that have to be met. Detailed guidance on how to achieve this is set out in a series of ‘Approved Documents’ that can be viewed on GOV UK. You do not have to follow the Approved Documents; other solutions can also be acceptable, providing they can be shown to meet the objectives of the regulations.

If you are having construction or refurbishment done, you may need to notify the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and you may have other duties as well.

Get in touch about building control

The quickest way to contact us is by using our online forms which are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If you need to speak to us give us a call during office hours and talk to our Customer Services team who will be happy to help.