Exemptions from Building Regulations

Timmins Engineering offers a complete turnkey solution from planning, design and completion.

Many of our happy clients praise us for the assistance we give during the planning stages. Planning is often the most stressful part of the process, but Timmins Engineering can process all of your planning applications for you. However, depending on the type of steel building which you are looking to erect, it might actually be exempt to building regulations and can, therefore, save a great deal of time and stress in completing your build.

Exemptions from Building Regulations

There are seven classes of the building which might be exempt from building regulations:

  1. Building controlled under other legislation
  2. Buildings not frequented by people
  3. Greenhouses
  4. Agricultural buildings
  5. Ancillary buildings
  6. Small detached buildings
  7. Extensions

Timmins is recognised for its agricultural buildings

Agricultural buildings is one class of building type which is usually exempt to building regulations, as long as no part of the building is not used as a dwelling and no point of the building is less than one and a half times its height from any point of a building which contains sleeping accommodation for animals. When it comes to building in the agricultural sector, the rules are more relaxed than that of domestic sectors.

And while it might be exempt to building regulations, it often still requires planning permissions, check out the rules and exemptions to planning permissions here. If you are unsure if you do require building regulations, it is always best to practise to check with your local LABC.

What happens if I don’t comply to building regulations?

Depending on the type of building and your local authority, this will dictate the potential prosecution which will occur from contravened regulations. A local authority has the power to prosecute the offender in the Magistrates’ Court where an unlimited fine may be imposed (sections 35 and 35A of the Building Act 1984). Prosecution is also possible up to two years after the completion of the offending work, this prosecution is usually taken against the person who completed the work. Thereby the contractor, agent or builder.

Another option which could be served is an enforcement notice on the building owner requiring alteration or removal of work which contravenes the regulations (section 36 of the 1984 Act).

If you do manage to avoid prosecution, the effects of not complying with building regulations might catch up with you later down the line. When looking to sell the property, the value can be dramatically impacted should official building regulations not be in place. It can also affect the classification of the building, or the illegal structure to be dismissed from the assets of the land.

What is the difference between building regulations and planning permissions?

Building regulations set standards for the design and manufacturing of buildings to ensure the safety and health for people or animals in or about those buildings. Whereas planning seeks to guide the way our local areas can be developed. Thereby planning permissions for residential buildings always has to comply to more terms than that of a more rural or agricultural building as it is less likely to cause an impact on other residents, roads, fuel or the general environment.


Timmins Engineering holds no responsibility for this information and it is down to the proprietor to check all guidelines with a local planning officer.