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Q: Do my neighbours have the right to object to what is proposed in my building regulations application?

A: No. But whilst there is no requirement in the building regulations to consult neighbours, it would be prudent to do so. In any event, you should be careful that the work does not encroach on their property since this could lead to bad feeling and possibly an action for an injunction for the removal of the work. If your proposal is subject to approval under the Town and Country Planning legislation objections may be raised. Your attention is also drawn to the Party Wall etc. Act 1996, an explanatory booklet is available on the Gov.uk website.

Q: Do I need to make a building regulation application for:

- Underpinning work?
- Removal of a chimney breast that involves structural work?
- Cavity wall insulation?
- Converting a loft space into a room?
- Installing additional sanitary fittings and plumbing?

A: Yes, contact us for further information.

Q: Do I need to make a building regulation application if I convert my house into student accommodation?

A: The building regulations here can be quite involved, so you are advised to contact the Area Building Control Surveyor for advice.

Q: Do I need to make a building regulation application if I wish to re-cover my roof?

A: Yes, contact us for further information.

Q: Do I need to make a building regulation application for:

- a detached garage?
- a detached garden shed?
- a porch?
- a conservatory?
- a carport
- a covered way?
- a greenhouse?

A: Generally no, but it depends usually on size and materials of construction you are advised to contact the Area Building Control Surveyor for confirmation.

Q: Do I need to make a building regulation application if I install replacement windows?

A: Yes, if it involves any structural alterations to the window opening. If not, as long as the company is registered in a competent person scheme such as FENSA, you do not need to make an application. We recommend that the new windows contain sufficient opening vents for emergency exit and background ventilators. If the building is a Listed Building you will require planning permission

Q: What can I do if my neighbour builds over my boundary?

A: This is a civil matter between you and your neighbour. If you are aggrieved, we would suggest you discuss the matter with your neighbour in the first instance and should you be unable to resolve the problem, you should then seek legal advice from a solicitor. Your attention is also drawn to the Party Wall etc. Act 1996, an explanatory booklet  is available on the Gov.uk website.

Q: Can I look at my neighbour's plans?

A: No. Plans deposited with a local authority under the Building Regulations are not documents which the public are entitled to inspect under the Local Government Act 1972.

Q: Can I see the original plans of my property?

A: Not withstanding the answer to the above question we may exercise our discretion and allow a person who has a justifiable interest in certain plans to view them. However, under copyright law, copies can only be made available with the written consent of the original author.

Q: How long is my approval valid for?

A: Both full plans and building notice applications are valid for three years from the date of deposit. If you still wish to carry out the work after the three years has expired then you will need to submit another application.

Erewash Borough Council

Erewash Borough Council, Town Hall, Wharncliffe Road, Ilkeston, Derbyshire, DE7 5RP
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