Some types of building work can be done without notifying building control.
- Most minor repairs and maintenance work (although replacing fuel-burning appliances or oil tanks, electrical fuse boxes or windows and doors will need to be notified. This is often done by members of a Competent Person scheme.
- Replacing less than 25% of an item (roof, wall or floor) like-for-like.
- The addition of power and lighting points and alterations to existing electrical circuits (as long as they aren't around baths and showers).
- Replacing baths, toilets, basins or sinks with similar fittings.
- Boundary and garden walls, fences and gates.
Other types of building work can be 'exempt' from the building regulations but only if they meet certain criteria. These include:
- Outbuildings (eg, greenhouses, new detached garages, sheds, summerhouses, carports)
- Buildings not frequented by people (for example containing plant and only visited for maintenance or access)
- Conservatories under certain conditions
- Porches under certain conditions
- Some agricultural buildings, for example a barn or stables used for keeping animals
- Temporary buildings such as a marquee erected for less than 28 days
- Satellite dishes
For a more extensive list visit the building control exemptions page on the LABC website.