About building regulations

Planning and building control

You might need to get building regulations approval if you want to build in Waltham Forest. 

Building regulations

Building regulations are standards for designing and constructing buildings to make sure they're safe and healthy for people who use them.

Building regulations approval is different from planning permission.

You must tell us if you plan to:

  • construct a new building
  • add a loft to your building
  • change your house to flats
  • remove some or all of a wall in your building
  • carry out work to fire escapes or other emergency exists in your building
  • extend drains, toilets, bathrooms or boilers in your building

The regulation sometimes extend to changing your garage into a room.

Contact us to find out if you need building regulations approval before you start any building work

Phone 020 8496 3000 and ask for building control.

Which application to make Click to get info

Full plans

Apply for full plans: 

  • for new buildings
  • for extensions, alterations to your building
  • if you building use is changing

Building notice

Apply for a building notice for minor building works:

  • chimney breast removal
  • recovering of roofs
  • installing a new bathroom
  • converting you garage to a room
  • forming a through lounge
  • replacing windows

Common projects

Check to find out if you need building regulations approval before you start your work.

You don’t need to get building regulations approval for the following types of work:

  • repairs
  • minor maintenance and decorating work
  • building a small car port or a porch

Building a shed

You don't need approval to build a shed, that’s not adjoined to your building, as long as it's floor is less than 30 sq metres and doesn’t include a room to live in.

Check to see if you need planning permission for this kind of work

Further information Click to get info

Find all the information you need about building control using these handy guides.

Contact Click to get info


Building control
Growth and regeneration
Waltham Forest Council
The Magistrates, 1 Farnan Avenue, Walthamstow, London E17 4NX

Phone 020 8496 3000

Email building.control@walthamforest.gov.uk