Building regulations

Planning by Design is a UK-based planning and architectural design consultancy that specialises in providing meticulous building regulation drawings tailored to your project’s needs. Whether you're embarking on a large-scale development or a smaller, more intricate project, our building regulation drawing consultants are here to deliver solutions that meet your goals.

At Planning by Design, our building regulation drawing experts can help you navigate the complexities of building regulations to ensure the success of your project.

Depending on the scale of your development you may require building regulations drawings and approval in addition to structural engineering calculations. Building regulations drawings address the technical details such as materials, the thickness of walls, and the number of steel beams required. Our building regulation drawings ensure your development meets the required regulations, is safe, and will stand the test of time.

To quote and produce building regulations drawings we require your architect drawings, showing the design. The architectural design from the planning stage will determine exactly what is required for building regulations, and the cost of building regulations drawings will depend on the scale and complexity of the design. For instance, large and simple could be cheap, whereas small and complex could be expensive. If you want an estimation of how costly your project could be use our cost calculator.

It is strongly recommended that you do not pay for building regulations drawings until you have planning approval for your development. Planning approval is never guaranteed and who wants to pay for building regulations if planning permission is refused? Also, if your design changes during the planning process, you will need a new set of building regulations drawings and structural engineering calculations, at additional cost.

Example Building Regulations Drawings

Explore Planning by Design's portfolio of existing building regulation drawings. They showcase our commitment to excellence in every project we undertake.

Why Choose Planning By Design For Building Regulation Drawings?

Thinking about a development project? Don't get stuck in delays caused by incorrect building regulation drawings. At Planning By Design, our experienced building regulation consultants can help you create drawings that are right the first time.

We have a team of some of the UK’s top planning consultants and architects, offering expert advice and competitive pricing with a price match guarantee.

What’s more, we take care of everything for you. Our building regulation experts will handle the necessary drawings, and our planners will prepare the supporting documents for your application. We'll keep you informed throughout the process, from start to finish.

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Building Regulations Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Building regulation drawing consultants act as your guide through the technical aspects of building regulations. They specialise in crafting detailed drawings and specifications that translate your project's vision into a plan that adheres to all the necessary building safety and performance standards. These drawings are essential for obtaining approval from your local authority's building control department. 

Building regulation drawings function as detailed technical documents that ensure compliance with building codes. These plans delve deeper than standard architectural designs, and focus on aspects crucial for meeting safety and performance standards. They illustrate elements like wall thicknesses, insulation types, fireproofing materials, and ventilation systems. 
Building regulations encompass a wide range of aspects that contribute to the overall safety and functionality of a building. Here's a breakdown of some key areas:

  • Structural integrity: This ensures your building can withstand its own weight, various weather conditions, and even potential earthquakes (depending on your location).
  • Fire safety: Building regulations dictate the use of fire-resistant materials, specify escape routes, and require compartmentation strategies to limit the spread of fire in case of an emergency.
  • Ventilation and thermal insulation: Maintaining good air quality and energy efficiency is crucial. Building regulations ensure proper ventilation systems are in place and that appropriate insulation is used to minimise heat loss.
  • Drainage and sanitation: A safe and efficient system for waste disposal and rainwater drainage is paramount. Building regulations lay out the specific requirements for these systems.
  • Accessibility: This can involve features like ramps, wider doorways, and accessible toilets (where applicable). 
Skipping the step of following building regulations can lead to numerous problems for your project. They include:

  • Building control rejection: Your project might not receive the all-important approval from the local authority, causing delays and potentially forcing you to rework plans to meet regulations, adding extra costs.
  • Enforcement action: The local authority has the power to issue stop-work orders if they discover non-compliance. This can significantly disrupt your construction schedule. They may also require modifications to be made to bring the project into compliance.
  • Safety hazards: A building that doesn't meet building regulations can pose serious safety risks to occupants and the public.
  • Difficulties selling or insuring the building: A non-compliant building can become a burden when you try to sell it or obtain insurance. Many buyers and insurers will be hesitant to move forward without proper building control approval.

To ensure a smooth and compliant building process, involving a building regulation drawing consultant from the project's outset is a wise decision.