Examples of buildings which are exempt from control under the Building Regulations

The full list of exempt buildings is contained in Schedule 2 to the Building Regulations 2000 (as amended). The table below is only a guide to some of the more general types of buildings/building work which may be exempt from control under the Building Regulations. It does not contain all the detail or conditions which may need to be met. For the full list and details you should refer to Schedule 2 to the regulations.

 


Detached buildings not normally used by people – e.g. buildings containing fixed plant or machinery intermittently used by people only to maintain orinspect that plant or machinery.

  • Subject to minimum distances from other buildings, or their boundaries, where people normally go.

Buildings used for agricultural purposes.

  • Must not be used for retailing, packing or exhibiting. No part of building to be used as a dwelling. Subject to distance restrictions from any building containing sleeping accommodation, and provision of fire exit in some circumstances.

Greenhouses

  • Must not be used for retailing, packing or exhibiting, and any fixed electrical installation must meet the requirements of Part P (‘Electrical safety’).

Buildings principally for the keeping of animals.

  • No part of building to be used as a dwelling. Subject to distance restrictions from any building containing sleeping accommodation, and provision of fire exit in some circumstances.

Temporary buildings which will not remain on site.

  • Must not be on site more than 28 days.

Ancillary buildings

  • Must not contain sleeping accommodation.

Small detached buildings

  • Must not contain sleeping accommodation; and must either be at least 1m from the boundary of the site or be constructed substantially of non-combustible material.

Extensions to buildings at ground level

  • The extensions must be at ground level only and no larger than 30m2 in floor area.Any fixed electrical installation must meet the requirements of Part P (‘Electrical safety’). Conservatories or porches which are wholly or partly glazed must meet the requirements of Part N (‘Glazing – safety in relation to impact, opening and cleaning’).