Planning and building control

Planning and building control advice


If you are planning to carry out any building work on your business premises you will need to check to see if you need planning permission.

Planning and Building

Your local council’s website will have a lot of information regarding planning and building control.

They offer extensive guidance, information and resources on:

  • Planning applications
  • Local land charges
  • Building control
  • Planning policy
  • Street numbering and naming
  • Land use monitoring

Planning permission is required if you:

  • Build something new
  • Make a major change, like building an extension
  • Change the use of your building

All local authorities use the Planning Portal – its free, all forms are online, it has a free fees calculator and the most up to date information.

Building control regulation approval is required if you:

  • Create a new building
  • Build an extension
  • Convert a loft
  • Alter a building’s structure
  • Carry out improvements

The Local Authority Building Control work with developers direct and have formed great partnerships within the private sector.

It is your responsibility to obtain the correct planning permissions and approvals for all building work taking place on your businesses premises.

Additionally, to ensure the safety and quality of the build, the work must be inspected and signed-off at various stages of construction by a building control inspector from either your local authority or an approved independent company.

When the work is concluded a completion certificate must be obtained. Failure to obtain a certificate could result in problems should you wish to sell the premises or if there is an accident due to faulty workmanship.

Your local authority can offer pre-application advice for all planning and building control applications.

More information is available from your local council

Bath and North East Somerset


North Somerset

South Gloucestershire

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