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Now that you have obtained planning permission, you must now obtain building regulations approval for your project to make sure that your plans can actually be realised.

Most construction work in England and Wales is covered by the 2010 Building Regulations. These minimum technical standards set by the government make sure that building work is designed and constructed properly to several standards. These include public health and safety, the welfare of people working or living in the building, and environmental standards.

The main areas covered by the Buildings Regulations 2010 are:

  • Structural stability – the buildings ability to safely carry expected loads without collapsing

  • Fire precautions – this includes both the construction materials used to build and how easy the building is to evacuate in case of fire.

  • The prevention of dampness and condensation

  • Sound resistance between dwellings

  • The ventilation of habitable rooms and unheated voids

  • Hygiene, drainage and sanitary appliances

  • Heating appliances – this includes the safe discharge of flue gasses

  • Stairways, ramps and any vehicle barriers

  • Fuel and power conservation, including insulation

  • Disabled access and facilities

  • Safe glazing for windows and doors

  • Electrical safety

As building regulations are only minimum standards, they only cover what is necessary for the building to be constructed safely. For that reason, you should be aware when hiring a contractor that a building which meets regulatory standards may not meet the individual standards you require. By law, either you or the builder must make an appropriate building regulations application and comply with the regulations. If you don’t do this, you risk being left with an unsafe building and being prosecuted in court! If you would like to find out more or discuss your project with one of the Arkhi team, get in touch on 01260 540170 or drop us an email at

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