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Building control and planning
Building control and planning are two distinct types of service,
which can affect the construction and appearance of buildings. For
most building work, two separate applications are needed to get
both building regulation and planning consent.
Major work needs planning permission from the council but
much minor work may not. A good place to start when seeking further
advice is to find out about development not needing planning permission or
visiting the Planning
Portal, the government's one stop guide to the
If you intend to submit a planning application it is a good idea
pre application planning advice.
The Development Management Team is responsible for determining
planning applications, controlling the location, siting, design,
layout and appearance of buildings and land uses. The Development
Management and Enforcement Teams regulate development proposals
within a framework of legislation.
The majority of building work requires building regulation
approval, with only a few minor types of work being exempt. Medway
Council’s building control service is delivered through the
South Thames Gateway Building Control
Partnership, which also covers the Gravesham and Swale councils
The main function of the Partnership is to ensure that new
building work is carried out in accordance with the building
regulations. This is done by checking the plans and details
submitted with an application and then inspecting the construction
work as it progresses on site.
In general the building regulations are intended to:
- safeguard the health and safety of people in and around
- conserve energy;
- provide access and facilities for disabled people.
While building regulation work forms a large part of what the
Partnership does, building control covers much more. It also
- dangerous buildings and structures;
- access for disabled people;
- support to other services on a variety of subjects.
For a further guidance on the differences between the two
services that may affect your property, visit the
building regulations section of the Planning
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