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Introduction 

Building Regulations are legal requirements laid down by Parliament to ensure adequate standards of building work in the construction of domestic and commercial buildings.

Do I need Building Regulations?

You will need to apply for Building Regulations if you intend to do any of the following:

  • When you erect or extend a building.
  • When you materially alter a building e.g. carry out structural alterations.
  • When you extend or alter a controlled service within a building e.g. install a WC.
  • When you want to change the building's fundamental use.
  • When installing replacement windows using a Builder or window company not FENSA registered.
  • Certain domestic electrical work.
  • When you alter the energy status of the building e.g. re-render. 

Building Regulations may also apply to other alterations or constructions. Please contact Building Control to see if you will require Building Regulations.

Exempt Buildings

There are a number of Buildings and Structures which are exempt from Building Regulations. If you are unsure as to whether your project is exempt or not, please contact us. Also, you should be aware that while your project may be exempt from the requirements of Building Regulations, it may still require Planning Permission. It is advisable to send details of planned projects to both Ceredigion County Council's Building Control and Planning sections in order to ensure you comply with legislation.

The following structures are exempt from the Building Regulations, subject to meeting the stated criteria:

Conservatories

ConservatoryConservatories are defined as single storey, ground floor constructions attached to existing buildings, The roof and walls must be substantially glazed with a translucent or transparent material. They are intended for growing plants, but are frequently used as additional living spaces.

To be exempt, your conservatory must meet the following criteria:

  • Ground floor level only
  • The internal floorspace must not exceed 30m2
  • No less than three-quarters of the roof, and no less than half the external walls must be made of translucent or transparent material
  • Your conservatory must not be used for any other purpose such as sleeping accommodation or kitchen space
  • Existing doors and/or windows must be retained
  • Safety glazing must be used in critical locations
  • If provided with fixed heating, it should be in dependant from the dwelling

Porches

PorchPorches are defined as single storey extensions to existing buildings, attached at ground level over an access door, which tend to be used for storing coats, shoes and so on.

To be exempt your porch extension must meet the following criteria:

  • Ground floor level only
  • The internal floorspace must not exceed 30m2
  • Your porch must not be used for any other purpose, such as sleeping accommodation or kitchen space
  • Existing doors and/or windows must be retained 
  • Safety glazing must be used in critical locations

CarportCarports

To be exempt your carport must meet the following criteria:

  • Ground floor level only
  • The internal floorspace must not exceed 30m2
  • The carport must be open on at least two sides

Garage

To be exempt your garage must meet the following criteria:

  • Must be detached from any other structure 
  • The internal floorspace must not exceed 30m2
  • More than 1 metre from the boundary or constructed of brickwork or blockwork

ShedShed

To be exempt your shed must meet the following criteria:

  • Must be detached from any other structure 
  • The internal floorspace must not exceed 30m2 
  • More than 1 metre from the boundary or constructed of brickwork or blockwork
  • Your porch must not be used for any other purpose, such as sleeping accommodation or kitchen space
  • If built of timber and not more than 1 metre from the boundary of the property, the internal floorspace must be under 15m2.

Agricultural buildings and greenhouses

These should be primarily used for keeping plants and/or animals, and must not be used for retailing, packaging or exhibiting. The buildings must not be used as a dwelling. The structure must also be 1.5 times the height of the building away from any dwelling.

Ancillary buildings

These include construction site offices, sales offices and so on. They must only be used during construction works and must on no account contain sleeping accommodation.

Applying for Building Regulations

There are two methods of applying for Building Regulations:

Full Plans

  • Full Plans require detailed drawings to be submitted to Ceredigion County Council, along with the fee for the work. These plans will be checked, and an approval notice will usually be issued before the work commences. This process could take up to 8 weeks, but we aim to respond sooner than this.

Building Notice

  • This is a simpler method of applying for Building Regulations, but cannot be used for commercial buildings. Basic details of the project, and the relevant fee, should be sent to Ceredigion County Council. No approval notice is issued, and instead work can go ahead with regular site inspections to be agreed upon and carried out during stages of construction.

Competent Person Schemes

Competent Person Schemes were introduced by the Government to allow individuals and organisations to self-certify that their work complies with Building Regulations without having to submit a Building Notice or using an approved inspector.  

The reasoning behind the schemes is to allow those who are competent in their fields to certify that their work complies with Building Regulations without the need for submitting Building Notices and thus incurring fees. The aim is to increase compliance with Building Regulations, reduce costs for companies joining schemes, and increase training and competence within the construction industry.

A comprehensive list of existing Competent Person Schemes can be found on the Department of Communities and Local Government CPS page.

Fees

Please see our pdficon.gif icon Building Regulations Fees and Charges [158kb] for more information.

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Contact
  • Tel: 01970 633484 (North) 01545572484 (South)  0300 123 1199 (Emergency out of hours)
  • Email: buildingcontrol@ceredigion.gov.uk
  • Post: Building Control, Canolfan Rheidol, Llanbadarn Fawr, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, SY23 3UE