Building regulations

Building regulations make sure that new building work is safe, healthy, accessible and energy efficient. They are separate from planning permission.

Building regulations are legal requirements laid down by the government. The aim of the regulations is to achieve adequate standards for the construction of buildings. This includes health and safety, energy conservation and access and facilities for disabled people. The regulations apply to most building work, with a few exemptions.

For most building projects, you'll need building regulations approval.

There are two online guides available to help you understand how building regulations apply to work you may do.  There is a guide to extending your home and a guide to converting your property.

You can now submit your building regulation application form and supporting documents online using the Planning Portal.  Please take note that our fees and charges  increased on 1 April 2018.

Submit your building regulations online

You can also apply by filling out an electronic application form and emailing it, along with any attachments to building_consultancy@sandwell.gov.uk where we will process your application and contact you for payment if necessary.

Alternatively, you can download application forms relating to building regulations.

You can view the relevant privacy notice in relation to how we will use your personal information which is held against your application.

Fees and charges (Increase of fees April 2018)

In most cases you will have to pay a fee when you apply for building regulation approval. Here is a list of our fees and charges.  Please note that our charges increased on 1 April 2018.

Our fee table includes the Electrical Installations category for Certification of electrical works by non registered but suitably qualified competent persons.

Please be aware that a copy of the Electricians City & Guilds Electrical Installation Part 1 (minimum), City & Guilds 2391 Inspection & Testing and BS7671 17th Edition qualifications must be submitted with the application.

A copy of the Electrical Installation Certificate and Schedule of Test Results must be submitted on completion of the application. Alternatively you can use an electrician who is registered with the Electrical Competent Person Scheme. Get general advice, guidance and information on electrical safety.

Building regulations should not be confused with planning permission and will often apply to work which does not require planning consent.

Find out more about the difference between building regulations and planning permission.