Not all buildings and extensions need Building Regulation consent before being erected. Garages, sheds, workshops or any other detached building of any construction that contains no sleeping accommodation can be erected without the need for approval, as long as the floor area does not exceed 15m2.
Similar types of detached buildings, more than 15m2 but under 30m2 in floor area, may also be erected without the need for consent. However, if a building is to be built of mainly combustible materials it must be positioned at least one metre from the property boundary.
The extension of a building consisting of a conservatory, porch, covered yard, covered way or carport is also exempt from control, as long as the floor area of the extension does not exceed 30m2. In the case of a conservatory or porch, any glazing with which people are likely to come into contact while moving about the building must be protected or made from safety glass.
For a full account of exempt structures please refer to the Building Regulations or contact the team to discuss it further.
The following diagram and list gives information on buildings and works which are exempt from the Building Regulations:
The above buildings are not exempt if used for retail, packing or exhibiting purposes.
Works that are exempt from the Building Regulations might still require Planning Permission. You are advised to contact an Ipswich Borough Council Planning Officer if you are in any doubt.