Planning and building

Guidance and regulation

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  • First Homes

    Provides further detail on First Homes and their implementation.

  • Permitted development rights for householders: technical guidance

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

  • Fire safety: Approved Document B

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

  • When is permission required?

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

  • 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.

  • Tree Preservation Orders and trees in conservation areas

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

  • 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.

  • Building Regulations and Approved Documents index

    An enhanced Manual to the Building Regulations designed to be clear and useful for a range of audiences, and a fully searchable PDF of all Approved Documents.

  • Community Infrastructure Levy

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

  • Enforcement and post-permission matters

    Responding to suspected breaches of planning control.

  • Making an application

    Supports effective delivery of planning application process.

  • Conservation of fuel and power: Approved Document L

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

  • Fees for planning applications

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

  • 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.

  • General binding rules: small sewage discharge to a surface water

    How to meet the general binding rules if your septic tank or small sewage discharge treatment plant releases (discharges) waste water to a surface water.

  • General binding rules: small sewage discharge to the ground

    How to meet the general binding rules if your septic tank or small sewage treatment plant releases (discharges) waste water to the ground.

  • Remediation of non-ACM buildings

    Information relating to the Building Safety Fund for the remediation of unsafe non-ACM cladding systems.

  • Appeals: how long they take

    Latest average timescales for planning, enforcement and householder appeals.

  • Environmental Impact Assessment

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

  • Structure: Approved Document A

    Building regulation in England covering the structural elements of a building.