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.