1. Introduction

Work to refit a kitchen or bathroom with new units and fittings does not generally require building regulations approval, although drainage or electrical works that form part of the refit may require approval under the building regulations.

If a bathroom or kitchen is to be provided in a room where there wasn't one before, building regulations approval is likely to be required to ensure that the room will have adequate ventilation and drainage, and meet requirements in respect of structural stability, electrical and fire safety.

Further information

The following pages give an indication of some of the elements normally required to satisfy the requirements of the Regulations for kitchens and bathrooms:

  • impact on accessibility of ground floor WCs
  • suitability of existing floor structures
  • need for additional ventilation

The following common work section gives an indication of other elements normally required to satisfy the requirements of the Regulations for kitchens and bathrooms:

Building Control may ask for further details and works depending on the building and circumstances.