You don’t need to apply for approval yourself if the work isn’t covered by building regulations, or if it’s carried out by someone who’s registered with a competent person scheme.
Work that doesn’t need approval
You don’t need building regulations approval for some exempt projects, including:
- most repairs, replacements and maintenance work (except heating systems, oil tanks, fuse boxes and glazing units)
- new power and lighting points, or changes to existing circuits (except around baths and showers)
- like-for-like replacements of baths, toilets, basins and sinks
Find out more about common projects and check when you do and don’t need approval.
Check with a building control body if you’re still not sure what to do.
Hire a ‘competent person’
If your project needs approval but you’d rather not apply yourself, you can hire a tradesperson registered with a competent person scheme instead.
You must meet safety and energy efficiency standards even if you don’t need formal approval.