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Permitted development rights are a type of planning permission that allow certain building works and changes to be made to a property without the need to apply for full planning permission. These rights, which are granted by the government, apply to both residential and commercial properties and are set out in the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 1995, as amended.
While making use of permitted development rights can be a convenient and cost-effective way to carry out building work on your property, it's important to note that building regulations still apply. Building regulations are separate from planning permission and set out the minimum standards for the design and construction of buildings to ensure they are safe and energy efficient.
Here are a few reasons why you need to comply with building regulations making use of permitted development rights:
1. Safety: Building regulations are in place to ensure that buildings are safe for their intended use. This includes requirements for structural stability, fire safety, and accessibility, among others. By complying with building regulations, you can ensure that your building work is safe and meets the necessary standards.
2. Energy efficiency: Building regulations include requirements for energy efficiency, such as insulation and the use of energy-efficient windows and doors. By complying with these requirements, you can help to reduce your energy bills and your carbon footprint, as well as make your property more attractive to potential buyers or tenants.
3. Resale value: Complying with building regulations can increase the resale value of your property. Buyers and lenders may be more likely to consider a property that has been built to the necessary standards and may be less likely to consider a property that does not meet these standards.
4. Legal requirements: Building regulations are legally enforceable, and failure to comply with them can result in enforcement action, including fines and the requirement to carry out remedial work. By complying with building regulations, you can ensure that your building work is legal and avoid any potential legal issues.
To ensure that your building work complies with building regulations, you will need to submit a building regulations application to your local building control body- this is usually done by an architect. This application will need to include detailed plans and specifications for your building work and may require the use of a building control officer to assess the work as it is being carried out.
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Overall, while permitted development rights can be a convenient and cost-effective way to carry out building work on your property, it's important to remember that building regulations still apply. By complying with building regulations, you can ensure that your building work is safe, energy efficient, and meets the necessary legal requirements to obtain your completion certificate.