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Building control exemptions

Building control exemptions

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Some types of building work can be done without notifying building control. 

These include:

  • 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

Further information

For a more extensive list visit the building control exemptions page on the LABC website.