5 Laws Anyone Working in The Home Renovation Industry Should Know


For many people eager to climb the housing ladder but hindered by a less-than-favourable financial situation, there’s the thoroughly tried-and-tested option of purchasing a run-down property for a relatively low price before having it renovated. This is one reason why, if you work in the home renovation industry, you are unlikely to be short of business soon. However, there are particular laws to take account of when you are about to start a home renovation project.

Building Regulations 2010

Before you even embark on a renovation project, there are certain permissions that you might need – and these are outlined on the Homebuilding & Renovating website. They include Building Regulations approval, which is necessary for almost all building projects – regardless of whether they need planning approval as well. Building Regulations are largely objective and concern the build’s structural aspects. Meet those regulations, and approval will be granted. This means that, in a lot of circumstances, making sure that you reach the requirements should be a straightforward procedure.

Party Wall Act 1996

This piece of legislation intends to prevent building work undermining the structural strength of shared walls or neighbouring homes, not to mention avert and resolve neighbourly disputes which could come about. Under this Act, you must provide Notice if you will excavate for fresh foundations deeper than the neighbours’ home’s foundations, within three metres of the boundary shared with the neighbour, or within six metres should a 45° be set to form between the bottom of your fresh foundations and the neighbour’s.

Town and Country Planning Act 1971

If it’s a listed structure that you want to renovate, you will have to tread carefully; renovating it will be slightly more complicated than doing the same to a non-listed building. That’s because, in many cases, you are obliged to properly preserve historical features of a listed building. Should a local authority decide that the structure isn’t being properly preserved, it could serve a “repairs notice” under the Town and Country Planning Act 1971. Should you not comply with this, that local authority could then make a compulsory purchase order.

Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015

Money is something that you have to think carefully about for a renovation project – and, when you get an accurate cost estimate from our building estimator company My Build Estimate, you can better ensure that you have the money that you will genuinely need. However, resist the urge to financially cut corners if it would mean putting your own safety at risk when you are carrying out renovation work! Look at the Health and Safety Executive’s website, which explains the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015. These regulations set out methods you must follow to protect yourself from harm.

The Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (England) Order 2015

This is an order, as the Planning Portal website explains, which will help you discern which aspects of your work, if any, are eligible for automatically granted planning permission. Types of work which are so eligible are referred to as “permitted development rights”.

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