Planning and building

Guidance and regulation

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  1. Fire safety: Approved Document B

    Building regulation in England covering fire safety matters within and around buildings.

  2. Permitted development rights for householders: technical guidance

    Guidance on householder permitted development, which allow improvement and extension of homes without the need for a planning application.

  3. Access to and use of buildings: Approved Document M

    Building regulation in England to ensure that people are able to access and use buildings and their facilities.

  4. When is permission required?

    Sets out when planning permission is required and different types of planning permission which may be granted.

  5. Preventing and resolving disputes in relation to party walls

    Information on carrying out building work under the Party Wall etc Act 1996, or what to do if your neighbour tells you they're about to carry out work.

  6. Tree Preservation Orders and trees in conservation areas

    Explains the legislation governing Tree Preservation Orders and tree protection in conservation areas.

  7. Community Infrastructure Levy

    This guidance explains what the Community Infrastructure Levy is and how it operates.

  8. Making an application

    Supports effective delivery of planning application process.

  9. Flood risk and coastal change

    Advises how to take account of and address the risks associated with flooding and coastal change in the planning process.

  10. Enforcement and post-permission matters

    Responding to suspected breaches of planning control.

  11. Conservation of fuel and power: Approved Document L

    Building regulation in England setting standards for the energy performance of new and existing buildings.

  12. Technical housing standards – nationally described space standard

    This document sets out the government’s new nationally described space standard.

  13. Environmental Impact Assessment

    Explains requirements of the Town and Country Planning (Environmental Impact Assessment) Regulations 2017.

  14. Protection from falling, collision and impact: Approved Document K

    Building regulation in England covering the buildings users protection from falling, collision and impact in and around the building.

  15. Use of planning conditions

    Explains how conditions attached to a planning permission should be used and discharged effectively

  16. Planning appeals: procedural guide

    The responsibilities of each party and the roles they have in the planning appeal process.

  17. Appeals: how long they take

    Latest average timescales for planning, enforcement and householder appeals.

  18. Lawful development certificates

    Explains the process for obtaining a lawful development certificate for existing or proposed use.

  19. Ventilation: Approved Document F

    Building regulation in England for the ventilation requirements to maintain indoor air quality.

  20. Fees for planning applications

    Fees guidance: explains planning related fees and the method of calculating them.