Building regs approval for ensuite bathroom?

Discussion in 'Misc DIY' started by Martin Wiseman, Feb 23, 2004.

  1. Hi,

    My mum want to get an ensuite shower room put into the corner of a
    bedroom in her house (mid 50's detached). The room will contain basin,
    shower and toilet, ventilation will be by an extractor fan - no new
    window is being added.

    The builder and plumber both say that buildings regs approval is not
    needed. The plumber said that it would only be required if they were
    making a new connection into a sewer - instead they will be putting a
    new pipe into the existing waste stack which doesn't need approval.

    Is this information correct? I was under the impression that approval
    would be required for work of this nature.

    Thanks,
    Martin.
    Martin Wiseman, Feb 23, 2004
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  2. Martin Wiseman

    Hugo Nebula Guest

    On 23 Feb 2004 03:37:10 -0800, a particular chimpanzee named
    (Martin Wiseman) randomly hit the keyboard
    and produced:

    >My mum want to get an ensuite shower room put into the corner of a
    >bedroom in her house.


    >I was under the impression that approval
    >would be required for work of this nature.


    Strictly speaking, a Building Regulations application is required for
    any alteration to drainage, above or below ground. In practice, most
    BCOs wouldn't be too worried about alterations to above-ground
    drainage only, particularly if it were only moving an existing
    bathroom around.

    If you're creating a new bathroom (rather than just altering the
    layout of an existing one), then you should submit a Building Notice.
    When you come to sell, the buyer's surveyor or solicitor may want
    proof that one was submitted, and it should only cost around £60.
    --
    Hugo Nebula
    "The fact that no-one on the internet wants a piece of this
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    Hugo Nebula, Feb 23, 2004
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  3. Martin Wiseman

    Zymurgy Guest

    (Martin Wiseman) wrote
    >
    > The builder and plumber both say that buildings regs approval is not
    > needed.


    That's cock.

    > The plumber said that it would only be required if they were
    > making a new connection into a sewer - instead they will be putting a
    > new pipe into the existing waste stack which doesn't need approval.


    Nope all mods to drains/sewerage /should/ [1] have planning permission
    and be inspected.

    There's 2 types. One where full plans are submitted and approved, the
    other where outline planning is granted and the surveyor comes to
    inspect.

    The latter is the one I chose. Price wise they're much of a muchness
    and is about £110

    There's rules about diameters of drainage pipes and opening window
    areas vs floor areas which could turn out expensive if you don't
    comply when you come to sell (and the surveyor picks up on it).

    Cheers,

    Paul.

    [1] Although i'm not saying people haven't done it without.
    Zymurgy, Feb 24, 2004
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  4. Martin Wiseman

    Lobster Guest

    (Martin Wiseman) wrote in message news:<>...

    > My mum want to get an ensuite shower room put into the corner of a
    > bedroom in her house (mid 50's detached). The room will contain basin,
    > shower and toilet, ventilation will be by an extractor fan - no new
    > window is being added.
    >
    > The builder and plumber both say that buildings regs approval is not
    > needed. The plumber said that it would only be required if they were
    > making a new connection into a sewer - instead they will be putting a
    > new pipe into the existing waste stack which doesn't need approval.
    >
    > Is this information correct? I was under the impression that approval
    > would be required for work of this nature.


    Why not just ask Building Control? IME they are very open to people
    wandering in off the street for an informal chat over their plans -
    they will give advice before you put an application in, and whether
    you even need to do so.
    David
    Lobster, Feb 24, 2004
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  5. Hi,

    Thanks for all the advice chaps, you have confirmed my suspicions.

    >Why not just ask Building Control?


    I have now done so.

    Martin.
    Martin Wiseman, Feb 24, 2004
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