does air conditioning require building regulations

The Planning System within the UK offers guidance to people and businesses to determine where and when new developments and modifications to buildings occur. The system has been put implemented to ensure that applications for planning help to promote sustainable development. This means that offices, business shops public buildings, and even new homes are constructed and designed in a safe manner, preserving and improving the environment.

Applications for planning submitted by companies usually relate to alterations or extensions to the premises, altering the use of the property, expanding or the construction of new premises. If a business wants to expand their offices or retail spaces the planning permission has to be sought. Planning permission can also be required for changes or additions to buildings in conservation zones or listed buildings.

The authorization to plan extension of a factory or warehouse, or changes will generally be required under the following scenarios:

  • If the proposed works decrease the area available to turn or park vehicles, or
  • If the proposed work will affect or alter the appearance of property or the exterior of the building
  • If the proposed work is within 5m of boundary of the site

Most of the time when building new premises for commercial use will require planning permissions. In residential homes, the property owner will be accountable for ensuring compliance with the necessary permits.

In the event of setting up air conditioning the regulations stipulate that planning permission will generally be required. However, individual circumstances may differ between businesses and from region to region, so owners must contact the Local Planning Authority before work commences to discuss their plans. If businesses do not adhere to the applicable guidelines owners will be responsible should any corrective actions be needed.

Building Regulations

Presently, homeowners are not required to get Building Regulation approval prior to setting up air conditioners. But, every electrical installations connected to the air conditioning must be in compliance with electrical safety regulations.

Landlord’s Consent

If the building or property are rented, prior approval from the landlord needs to be obtained prior to any additions or changes to the building’s services occur, for example, an installation for air cooling. It is recommended to seek the guidance and approval of your landlord prior to any work. According to the terms of your tenancy agreement, you could be required to bring the property to its original condition it was at the time of signing the lease prior to vacating the property. However, a more efficient and energy-efficient cooling system can be a good way to increase the value of the property This means that the landlord could choose to waive the lease agreement which require that the building be brought to its original state at the time that the lease expires.

This information on air conditioning regulations is meant to be used as a reference only. The responsibility to obtain planning permits and obtaining approval from the appropriate authorities is the responsibility of the manager or owner of the property. Andrews Air Conditioning cannot provide any explicit or implicit guidance on the matter, and clients must always consult your Local Planning Authority before any work is carried out.