Guidance for your project

If you are a homeowner planning to update, renovate or extend your property, the below guides may be useful.

The extensions and conversion guide includes information on loft conversions, garage conversions, cellar conversions and building an extension.

The green home guide provides information and advice on how to create environmentally friendly homes. 

The Planning Portal interactive house provides access to a wide range of information to help you with your project.

LABC Front Door provides independent practical advice on all aspects of home improvements, and much more. LABC represent all local building control teams in England Wales. 

The Historic Buildings guide provides information on regulations and requirements.

Building over or near a public sewer or shared drain

If you are thinking about building an extension, conservatory or garage to your home, this could have an impact on your underground sewers. At an early stage you will need to know where your pipes are as this could affect your design. You may also need approval from Southern Water.

Party wall guidance

If you intend to carry out building work affecting the party wall or make excavations near the party wall. You will need to be aware of your responsibilities detailed in the Party Wall etc. Act 1996. This is a separate piece of legislation to the building regulations and is not controllable by us.