The Federation of Master Builders

Before You Start

Preparation is the key to a successful building project. While many builders will be able to offer guidance on planning permission and building regulation, it is important that you have done your own research and are fully aware of your obligations. The following pages will guide you to the right place to find out all the information you will need on planning legislation, building regulations, party walls and alterations to listed buildings.

DIY Safety Guide

When embarking on any DIY project, it's a good idea to take some precautions before climbing up that ladder or switching on that power tool.

Keep Away From the Cowboys

By following this guide you can separate the good guys from the bad and go in to your project feeling relaxed, reassured and ready to start.


Whether you are planning to extend up, out or down, it is always best to check if you need permission.

Building Regulations

While planning permission covers how a building looks, building regulations make sure your home is structurally safe.

Party Walls

In England and Wales work carried out on a part of your property which adjoins your neighbours, must comply with the Party Wall Act 1996.

Historic Buildings

Historic homes need special treatment. From traditional methods of construction to specific permissions to make alterations make sure you do your research before you get started on your renovation.

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