A Guide to Planning Permission and Building Regulations

In the majority of countries, before any construction work on building can take place, some form of official authorisation or permission will need to be applied for.

In the U.K., the process known as planning permission is the primary method to determine if a building or structure is authorised to be built. In most cases, mezzanine floors do not need planning permission as they are constructed within the existing structure of a building and usually have little effect on this overriding structure. However, If the mezzanine is, in fact, a structural element of the building then planning permission is required. Permission may be granted on the condition that external alterations to the building are made such as the addition of windows on the mezzanine level for ventilation and as means of escape if an emergency was to occur.

Mezzanine Floor Planning Permission

There are a number of other instances where the installation of a mezzanine floor does require planning permission. Retail mezzanines that measure over 200 metres in area require planning permission as they may constitute a public health hazard. Some office mezzanines may also need planning permission for the same reason, depending on how many people would be working on the mezzanine level.

It is worth noting that in some locations within the UK in particular Berkshire and Hampshire, local enactments apply and special consideration, especially relating to safety in fire, must be given when planning a mezzanine in these counties.

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