Exemptions

What buildings are exempt from Building Regulations?

If you propose to construct a building or structure which you believe to be exempt from the Building Regulations, you can apply to us for written confirmation of this exemption.

Make an application

Payment

Exempt building applications cost £40 and payment can be made:

  • over the phone on 01536 534250 (debit/credit card)
  • cheque (made payable to Kettering Borough Council) 

 


 

The following list includes examples of commonly occurring work that is exempt from the procedural requirements of the building regulations, and therefore does not need a building regulations application.

Buildings not frequented by people

These are detached buildings, into which persons do not normally go or only go intermittently to inspect plant and machinery. The exemption applies only if the building is sited at least one and a half times its height either from the boundary or from any point of a building into which people can or normally go.

Greenhouses and agricultural buildings

Greenhouses are exempt providing they are not used for retailing, packing or exhibiting. Hot and cold water supplies (when shared with or located in a non-exempt building) and any fixed electrical installations (from a source shared with or located within a dwelling) must comply with the applicable building regulations requirements.

Agricultural buildings and buildings principally for keeping animals are exempt if they are not used as a dwelling, are at least one and a half times their height from any building where there is sleeping accommodation and have a fire exit not more than 30m from any point in a building.

Temporary buildings

Those which remain erected for less than 28 days.

Ancillary buildings

  • Building site offices containing no sleeping accommodation
  • Buildings other than dwellings or offices used in connection with a mine or quarry

Small detached buildings

  • Single storey buildings where the floor area does not exceed 30 square metres, containing no sleeping accommodation, constructed substantially of non-combustible material, or sited at least one metre from the boundary (for example, detached single garage or shed)
  • A detached building where the floor area does not exceed 15 square metres, with no sleeping accommodation, can be constructed of any material
  • Hot and cold water supplies (when shared with or located in a non-exempt building) and any fixed electrical installations (from a source shared with or located within a dwelling) must comply with the applicable building regulations requirements

Covered yard or way

  • Floor area must be less than 30 square metres
  • Hot and cold water supplies (when shared with or located in a non-exempt building) and any fixed electrical installations (from a source shared with or located within a dwelling) must comply with the applicable building regulations requirements

Car ports

  • Must be open on at least two sides
  • The ends can be counted as sides and doors/windows are allowed between the house and carport
  • Floor area must not exceed 30 square metres
  • Hot and cold water supplies (when shared with or located in a non-exempt building) and any fixed electrical installations (from a source shared with or located within a dwelling) must comply with the applicable building regulations requirements

Conservatories

A conservatory is exempt from building regulations as long as:

  • The floor area is less than 30 square metres
  • It is built at ground level
  • It is separated from the habitable parts of the dwelling by external quality windows / doors
  • Any heating or cooling systems have independent controls / thermostat
  • Hot and cold water supplies (when shared with or located in a non-exempt building), glazing and any fixed electrical installations (from a source shared with or located within a dwelling) comply with the applicable building regulations requirements

Porches

For a porch to be exempt from building regulations:

  • Its floor area must not exceed 30 square metres
  • It must be separated from the habitable parts of the dwelling by external quality windows / doors
  • It must have independent controls / thermostat for any heating or cooling systems
  • Hot and cold water supplies (when shared with or located in a non-exempt building), glazing and any fixed electrical installations (from a source shared with or located within a dwelling) must comply with the applicable building regulations requirements