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What is LABC and Why Do You Need It?

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Local Authority Building Control is a not-for-profit organisation representing the local authority building control teams across England and Wales. Their teams work with homeowners and construction professionals to ensure homes comply with Building Regulations. It’s essential that you have building work approved by the local council, as it can guarantee that the work is safe and carried out to a high standard.

Most building projects, from small extensions to knock-throughs, will need to comply with building regulations; even if planning permission is not necessary. Building regulations are set in place to set design and construction standards to ensure projects are completed correctly and safely. It can be unclear for homeowners, especially if it’s their first time dealing with it.

How do Building Regulations work?

If you want to do some work on your home, you may need to talk to your local council building control team; they can help you decide the best way to apply for approval. You will either need regulation approval for complete plans or Building Notices for minor work.

If you are selling your home and it’s had work done, you will need to ensure you have certification when you come to sell it. If you don’t, you can apply for something known as regularisation.

If you’re lucky, you might find a company that has already carried out LABC-approved home improvement projects, and you can relax knowing they will handle it all correctly for you.

Building regulations are essential, and if the work doesn’t comply, you could be forced to alter or take it down altogether.

Building regulations and replacement conservatory roofs

There can be some consumer confusion regarding building regulations and their impact. Not understanding building regulations’ importance can expose your home to dangers. One area of your home that should be improved carefully is the conservatory roof.

With many homeowners investing in a replacement conservatory roof to improve the conditions of the conservatory itself, you must choose a trustworthy and quality company. Still being a relatively new product, there is limited information available regarding tiled roofs, and as such, there are product types that don’t meet the necessary criteria.

Reroofing your existing conservatory with a solid roof requires a Building Regulation Application. This is because conservatories are lightweight and not generally designed to carry the weight of such a roof. If not done correctly, there is a possibility that the whole thing could collapse.

As a homeowner and a potential buyer of a replacement conservatory roof, you should be aware of the ‘wrap-over’ roofs and the problems they can cause. A ‘wrap-over’ roof consists of a new tiled roof wrapped over the existing roof, leaving the structure with two roofs and unnecessarily adding to the weight.

LABC has a responsibility to make sure that replacement solid roofs meet building regulations, making sure that you don’t encounter problems later down the line. So, consider the important aspects of design and construction and the company you’re using when thinking about home improvements.