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What are Building Regulations Drawings?

We often gets asked about the difference between Building Regulation Drawings, Working Drawings and Building Notices.


In this article we will explore what Building Regulations Drawings are and why they are required, as well as how they differ from a Building Notice, Planning Permission and Working Drawings.


We will also discuss how long Building Approval takes, how long Building Regs Drawings take to draw up and how much they cost.



Building Regulations were developed in 2010 by the UK Government to set a minimum standard for design, construction and alterations for almost every building.


The Building Regulations 2010 is a set of regulations, supported by Approved Documents, which cover the construction and extension of buildings. The documents clearly set out a detailed and practical guide on how to remain compliant when doing any building work.


Building regulations approval is different from planning permission and you might need both for your project.


To gain Building regulations approval, you will need a set of Building regulations drawings. These drawings detail the construction details and go into much more detail than the planning application drawings.


They incorporate structural information from the engineer, thermal insulation calculations and proof of full compliance with all relevant parts of the Building Regulations.


They also include enough information for a contractor to accurately price as well as detailed set of construction specification notes and full product specific information to allow the contractor to price and ultimately build from.



Here are some questions that we regularly get asked about the Planning process and Building Regulations.


How much do Building Regulation Drawings cost?

Every project is different but to give you an idea of the costs involved, our fees for Building Regulations drawings for a single storey extension start from £1000 + VAT. For a personalised quote, for your specific project, please contact us by filling in the form below.

What is the difference between a Building Notice and Building Regulation Drawings?

A building notice is usually submitted for smaller jobs whilst a full plans application is more common for house extensions, loft conversions and new builds.

How long does it take to get Building Regulation Drawings approved by Building Control?

Once we have booked the job in, we would aim to complete your Building Regs Drawings within a few weeks - depending on work load.

The plans will take at least 8-10 weeks to come back from Building Control whilst a building notice, used for smaller jobs, are approved as the job moves forward.

Are Working Drawings the same as Building Regs Drawings?

Working Drawings are much more detailed and can be used for much more complex builds. Read our article on Working Drawings - Coming next week!


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