Planning decisions establish whether or not a proposed development or change of use can go ahead based on factors such as the overall size, aesthetics and its affect on the surrounding area. Final decisions are made either by individual planning officers with delegated powers or by Planning Committees at monthly meetings where more controversial applications are dealt with. Building Regulations approves the design and construction detailing of a project and monitors the project at build stage through on-site inspections. It is much more straight forward than the Planning process as the Building Regulations legislation is prescriptive with its guidance on achieving compliance and far less open to broad interpretation. Therefore if you want to carry out any building work you may need;

Planning Permission
Building Regulations
or both

It is the responsibility of any home owner to establish what permissions are required for a proposal and ABDS can determine this for you with our FREE initial site visit and consultation.