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Please note that articles on this site & any other 'planning-approval' related web site does not constitute professional advice. All articles are intended to provide a general view of many subjects. We suggest you to consult a solicitor before making any important decisions.  The author is not an expert in any given field.

Party Wall links

Legislation The full text of the Party Wall Act 1996 is published as a free online document by HMSO. The Party Walls Resources website publishes Party Wall Case Summaries as free online documents. Cases reported in the Estates Gazette Law Reports are available online by subscription to Estates Gazette Interactive.


The ODPM publishes an Explanatory Booklet on the Party Wall Act as a free online document.


The Pyramus & Thisbe Club is an organisation for professionals specialising in Party Wall matters. Its website contains a list of consultants, publications, and details on membership.

CDM Regulation links


The CDM Regulations 1994 (CDM Regs) are published as a free online document by HMSO.


The Health & Safety Executive publishes six Information Sheets on the CDM Regulations, as free online documents:

CDM Regs: The Role of the Client
CDM Regs: The Role of the Planning Supervisor
CDM Regs: The Role of the Designer
CDM Regs: The Pre-tender Health & Safety Plan
CDM Regs: Construction Health & Safety Plan
CDM Regs: Health & Safety File


The Association of Planning Supervisors sets out to create the principles of best practice in fulfilling the requirements of the Construction (Design Management) Regulations 1994. It does this by publishing Practice and Guidance notes along with Model documents and procedures and also by providing practice and legal advice to its members on the CDM Regulations and Health & Safety generally. Its website contains details on how to join.

The APS is at: 15 Rutland Square, Edinburgh EH1 2BE. Tel: 0131 221 9959. Fax: 0131 221 0061.

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Construction of houses, extensions, conversions, internal alterations, local authority planning consent, building regulations consent & all other construction matters.

Please use our carefully selected featured links below to obtain information & quotes for all types of construction. This Article is FREE for anyone to use.


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The Royal Institute of British Architects publishes contract and appointment documents, including a Small Works appointment for works costing less than £150,000, and a guide to Quality Based Selection of an architect. All can be bought online at the RIBA Bookshop. The Landscape Institute publishes an online guide to appointing a landscape architect. An online Register of UK architects is maintained by the Architects Registration Board. Most UK architects are members of the RIBA, which publishes online a Directory of Members, a Directory of RIBA Registered Practices, and a guide to dispute resolution.


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Obtaining Planning Permission for residential development in either extending your property or redeveloping the site for new dwellings needs careful presentation & a risk assessment prior to submitting for Planning Consent. A badly presented scheme to the Planning Department by the Novice home owner can lead to an Automatic Rejection & a Planning Refusal that could be hard to overturn. Our MAXIMUM BUILD Guide will assist you in assessing your sites potential & what areas you can exploit prior to submitting your scheme for Planning Permission.

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General architectural websites include the RIBA's, with its online catalogue to the RIBA Library, and the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment, which includes a library of online case studies. Other case studies are available at the Architects Journal subscription website AJ Plus. Websites specialising in housing include Design for Homes, Housing Corporation and Chartered Institute of Housing. The Usable Buildings website addresses the key issue of designing for use.


The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister publishes a wealth of online information on the Building Regulations and the Party Wall Act. The leading sources of building product information are RIBA Product Selector, Barbour Index, British Board of Agrement and British Standards Institution. Other sources of construction information include Building Research Establishment, Construction Best Practice Programme, Health & Safety Executive and this website, Abacus Construction Index.


The Royal Town Planning Institute website contains guidance for those seeking planning permission. The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister publishes online Planning Guidance. Other planning websites include the Development Control directory of planning authorities, Planning UK, RUDI, Urban Design Group and Civic Trust. Free online maps of the UK are available at Multimap. Professional maps can be ordered at Ordnance Survey, and aerial photographs, including free samples, at Getmapping.


The English Heritage website contains advice for owners of listed buildings. The equivalents in Scotland and Wales are Historic Scotland and CADW. Online documents on building conservation are published at Websites dealing with particular periods are Georgian Group, Victorian Society and Twentieth Century Society. Historic building guides include Looking at Buildings and Images of England. Other heritage websites include Garden History Society and Society for Protection of Ancient Buildings.

To compliment our Planning Guide we have also produced a UK specific Specification Manual solely aimed at the domestic/residential side of building.  Are you completing your own drawing plans for the Building Regulations as well? Why not obtain our 'Specification Manual' to assist you with obtaining Building Regulations Approval as well.  Alternatively you may have already secured Planning Approval & just need this document.

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The leading source of guidance on sustainability in construction is the Building Research Establishment. Their BREEAM website contains sections on offices, housing, health buildings, industrial buildings and Green Specification. The RIBA's National Building Specification provides a gateway to information on Green Construction. Other sustainability websites include Bedzed, Action Energy, Save Energy, Energy Saving Trust, Carbon Trust and Centre for Alternative Technology.


The National Lottery bodies giving grants for construction are the Arts Councils for England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales; the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Millennium Commission and the Sports Councils for UK, England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Grants for listed buildings are available from English Heritage. The DTI website describes and lists the Regional Development Agencies. Other websites about grants include EST Solar Grants, EU Grants and the subscription Grants Online website.


The RIBA offers various client services including Client Forums in education, health and sports. The leading organisation bringing together professional clients is the Confederation of Construction Clients. Sectoral organisations involving clients include Architects for Health, British Council for Offices and Society of Chief Architects of Local Authorities.

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Building products & supplier links

Online Product Directories

RIBA Product Selector Plus is the largest online directory of UK building products, with information on products from over 8,000 suppliers. It is free for the first three months, with a charge of £12 pa thereafter.

The British Board of Agrément is an organisation partnered with DTLR. The BBA's Agrément Certificates provide independent information on the performance of UK building products, including data on durability, installation and compliance with UK Building Regulations. Assessment involves laboratory testing, site inspections, and factory production control. The BBA database of Certificates may be searched and downloaded online, without charge.

AJ Specification is an unusual directory of more than 2500 suppliers, built up from and cross-referenced to a database of images and drawings of more than 200 acclaimed buildings.


British Standards Online provides three levels of user access: Guest: Provides search only. Registered Guest: In addition to searching and viewing results, allows users to view summaries and order hardcopy documents online. Subscriber: provides unlimited online access to standards. The site also includes: Technical handbooks, Codes of practice, Guidelines and Specifications.

Manufacturers' Associations

The following associations provide information on specific building products, with in many cases links to suppliers and downloadable advisory documents:

Brick Development Association
British Cement Association
British Ceramic Confederation
British Flue and Chimney Manufacturers Association
British Precast Concrete Confederation
British Stone
Clay Pipe Development Association
Clay Roof Tile Council
Copper Development Association
Fencing Contractors Association
Glass and Glazing Federation
Guild of Architectural Ironmongers
Gypsum Products Development Association
Lead Sheet Association
Metal Cladding & Roofing Manufacturers Association
Paint Research Association
Quarry Products Association
Reinforced Concrete Council
Resin Flooring Association
Steel Construction Institute
Steel Window Association
Stone Federation of Great Britain
Thermal Insulation Manufactures & Suppliers Association
Tile Association
Timber Research & Development Association
Timber Trade Federation
Trussed Rafter Association
UK Cast Stone Association
UK Steel Association

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