Building control and regulations

Building regulations are minimum standards of construction. They are there to ensure the health, safety and well-being of the public is maintained and buildings are designed to improve thermal performance and conserve fuel and power. We can help you provide high quality buildings in a timely and cost-effective way. We also deal with dangerous structures, demolitions and unauthorised building work.

Further information

We administer the building regulations in Leicester and maintain standards of health, safety and energy conservation in most building schemes. We provide an impartial, objective assessment of your work through appraisal of submitted plans and information, and subsequent site inspections.

Local authority building control (LABC)

Local Authority Building Control (LABC) is the building control choice of the construction industry. It delivers value for money services in a competitive market place, and achieves the highest standards. With more than 3,000 professional surveyors and building technicians working in local authority building control we provide a consistent national service that's delivered locally. We can provide a number of additional services through LABC Consult such as fire risk assessments, fire and structural engineering, energy and sustainability calculations, access audits, acoustic consultancy and testing and air pressure testing.

What we offer

  • pre-application advice and meetings
  • competitive quotation to provide a quality service
  • electronic submission of application
  • fast track checking of building regulations application
  • full plan checks
  • full third party check of submitted structural calculations where necessary
  • frequent same day site inspections if requested before 10am
  • close working relationship with Leicestershire Fire & Rescue Service and other local service providers
  • issue of completion certificate.

The regulations

The current regulations are The Building Regulations 2010 and are empowered by The Building Act 1984.

Many types of building work require approval under building regulations, which can be obtained either using the full plans process or the building notice process. Only a few types of building work are exempt building regulations.

In either case a fee is normally required, based on the type of work to be carried out. Further information is on our fees page.

Planning permission

Building regulation approval and planning permission are separate issues, and having one approval/permission does not necessarily mean you will not require the other.

Some building work will require building regulation approval but will not require planning permission, and other work will require planning permission and may not require building regulation approval, whilst a lot of work will require both approvals.

Building regulation topics and documentation

The building regulations cover a number of topics such as structure, fire, moisture resistance, toxic substances, sound, ventilation, water supply and sanitary conveniences, drainage, boilers and chimneys, stairs and ramps, conservation of fuel and power, access for all, safety glazing, electrical work in and around dwellings.

Guidance is given in a number of booklets called the approved documents.

Contact us

We prefer enquiries to be emailed where possible.

Send us a message

Write to us: Leicester City Building Control, Phoenix House, 1 King Street, Leicester, LE1 6RN
Ring us on: 0116 454 3160