Planning & Building Control FAQs

What permissions or approvals do I need?

Before you begin building work, it is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct permissions and approvals in place.

You can find out more about whether you need planning permission and you can find out more about whether you need building regulations approval.

In addition to Planning Permission and Building Regulations approval, there are other laws and permissions that affect building work. The following permissions should also be checked before you start work:

  • Covenants and private rights
  • Rights of way
  • Ancient monuments
  • Licensed sites
  • Protected species
  • The Party Wall Act.

Please note that some of these laws and permissions are not related to planning matters. As such, the council is unable to assist with enquires relating to them. Advice on the above can be found on the planning portal website.

How do I find out what planning conditions affect my property?

There may be some additional conditions which will affect what you can do to develop your property. This may be because your property is in a conservation area, is a listed building, or contains a protected tree. You can find out more about these below.

If you are unsure about what conditions affect your property, please contact the planning team before starting work on:
Phone: 01753 477340
Email: planning@slough.gov.uk

How do I find out who owns a piece of land?

You can find out who owns a piece of land by consulting the land registry. You can access the Land Registry.

If you interested in acquiring land for development, you may also be interested in the Brownfield Register. Councils are required to maintain a public register of previously developed land or ‘brownfield sites’ that the council considers appropriate for residential development. You can read more about the brownfield register.

Why do I need both planning permission and building regulations approval?

Complying with building regulations and obtaining planning permission are separate matters.

Building regulations are legal requirements which are laid down by Parliament. The main purpose of these regulations is to ensure the health and safety of people in or around buildings.

The planning permission system allows the council to control what development takes place in Slough. The main purpose of the planning system is to ensure that all development in Slough fits with the overall vision for how the area should develop, and meets the needs of local residents and businesses.

You can read more about Planning Permission and Building Regulations approval below.

How much does planning permission and building regulations approval cost?

Fees for planning applications are set nationally, and depend on what you are applying for. You can download our price list.

Slough Building Control offers a competitively priced building control consultancy service to help you get building regulations approval for your project and have published a list of charges for common building projects.

If you would like to discuss a quote for your work, please contact them on:
Phone: 01753 875810
Email: buildingcontrol@slough.gov.uk

How do the planning permission and building regulations approval processes work?

You can apply for both Planning Permission and Building Regulations Approval online. For both types of application, you will be asked to submit supporting documents such as plans and technical drawings, as well as the correct fee. Your application will then be considered by either a Planning Officer or a Building Control Surveyor.
You can read more about the process of applying for Planning Permission and Building Regulations approval below.

What rules govern planning permission?

Planning applications are determined using both national and local planning policies.
The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) sets out the national government’s planning policies for England and how those should be applied. You can read more about the NPPF.

Local Planning Policies for Slough are created by the Planning Policy Team at Slough Borough Council. The Local Plan sets out the long term overall vision for how the area should develop, and a strategy for how this should take place. You can read about the Local Plan.

How do I track the progress of my planning application?

You can track the status of your application online through our application search tool.

How do I report a problem?

Slough's Planning Enforcement team is responsible for tackling alleged breaches of planning control. This includes building work that does not have the appropriate planning permission, changes of the use of sites without planning permission, the display of unauthorised advertisements and unapproved works to protected trees and listed buildings.
You can report a problem to them.

Slough’s Building Control Team is responsible for dealing with matters relating to buildings regulations enforcement. This includes buildings which do not have the appropriate building regulations consent, and dangerous structures.
You can report a problem to them.