Difference Between Planning Permission and Building Regulations

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For many people, knowing the difference between planning permission and Building Regulations – and when they might need to apply for approval for each – can cause something of a headache. Thankfully, we're on hand to explain everything you need to know.

Our simple guide will not only explain the differences between the regulations and rules, but will also help you understand when you will be required to submit an application for each.

Natasha Brinsmead

Natasha is Homebuilding & Renovating’s Associate Content Editor and has been a member of the team for over two decades. An experienced journalist and renovation expert, she has written for a number of homes titles. Over the years Natasha has renovated and carried out a side extension to a Victorian terrace. She is currently living in the rural Edwardian cottage she renovated and extended on a largely DIY basis, living on site for the duration of the project. She is now looking for her next project — something which is proving far harder than she thought it would be.