Do all building works require a building permit?

A building permit is required for all new construction, all alterations and repairs that are structural, and all alterations that change the use of the building.

What is the difference between a building permit and a planning permit?

Planning permit’s deal with the development and use in principle covering, such as areas of aesthetics, building layout and landscape. These must be obtained before the issue of any building permit.

What are building permits?

Building permits are the documents that signify that a building surveyor has approved documentation for proposed building work prior to its commencement. The Building Act 1993 and Building (Interim) Regulations 2005, legislate that most building work is subject to the issuing of a building permit. This includes most alterations, demolitions and removals.

Building permits are a system that controls the construction of building work. The establish, maintain and improve standards of the construction and maintenance of buildings. Permits also enhance the amenity of buildings and project people using them.