Need help with Building Control in Suffolk? Our helpful page has videos, Links, PDF’s to download and much more to help you on your way

The Building Regulations 2010 cover the construction and extension of buildings.

You might also need building regulations approval for many alteration projects, including if you plan to:

Replace fuse boxes and connected electrics, Install a bathroom that will involve plumbing, Change electrics near a bath or shower

Put in a fixed air-conditioning system, Replace windows and doors, Replace roof coverings on pitched and flat roofs

Install or replace a heating system and add extra radiators to a heating system

What is Building Control and how do the Building Regulations help you?

Building Regulations Update 2015

Building Regulations and loft conversions

 How does the Building Control process work?

The Environment Agency

The Home and Leisure page give access to the Flood Map. The Flood Map pages are a useful way of checking the risk of flooding both from Sea/Rivers and from Surface Water (rainfall) and what else may be close to a property you are considering. Even so as with any computer generated search where post codes are used, some common sense is needed when in interpreting the results.


Historic England

Historic England which deals with listing and conservation issues has been divided off as a separate body from English Heritage. By searching “the List” you can check whether a property is Listed and see a copy of the Description in the Listing. I find it easiest to search using the name of the village and refine the search from there.

The Advice section of the site also gives access to quite a large amount of downloadable advice on such subjects as thatch and the relationships/conflicts between energy efficiency, Part L of the Building Regulations (insulation) and old buildings.

Local Authorities | | |

If you go to the Planning and then the Conservation sections they have various useful bits of information about Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas etc. Most although not all have on- line mapping which shows the location of Conservation Areas, Listed Buildings and Tree Preservation Orders.

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors

The web site of the RICS of which I am a Fellow. Gives general background information on the organisation, what it does and the regulatory issues which all members must comply with.

Building Regulation Applications

Application Form (PDF, 177 Kb) – Print, Fill in and then post

Building Regulation Charges

Building Regulation Leaflets and Links

Demolition Notice 


Demolition Notice Online Proforma – To submit online
Demolition Notice Proforma (PDF, 133 Kb) -To Print, Fill in and then post

Energy Performance 

builder suffolkSAP as built details form (PDF, 64 Kb) – Print, Fill in and then post
builder suffolkSAP as built details form – Opens in word, Fill in and then post/email

LABC Services

LABC Warranty & Commercial Building Guarantee (link will open in new window) 
Local Authority Building Control – LABC (Link will open in a new window)

Other Documents and Links

Building Control Guide to Sustainability (Link will open in a new window)

Health and Safety Executive (Link will open in a new window)
Department for Communities and Local Government (Link will open in a new window)
Suffolk Trader Scheme (Link will open in a new window)

Equality and Human Rights Commission (Link will open in a new window)
Environment Agency (Link will open in a new window)