What is Building Control?

Building Control legislation regulates the actual construction processes of building work. The building regulations are designed to promote the health, safety and welfare of persons in or about buildings. Standards must be met in the construction of all types of buildings ensuring that the building has a safe structure, has adequate damp proofing, fire protection and thermal efficiency.

Fossil fuel heating system ban

Heating our buildings is a significant contributor to the Island’s greenhouse gas emissions.  To begin the journey to address this, from 1st January 2025 it will be illegal to install a fossil fuel heating system into a new building, irrespective of whether Building Control approval has been granted.

If we are to reach net-zero by 2050 it will be vital for us to decarbonise our buildings. New homes and buildings will lead the way in this transition – to find out more about this visit netzero.im.

The Climate Change Plan 2022-2027 contains an action to bring forward the ban on fossil fuel heating systems in new builds from Jan 2025 to 2024, an action that will support the reduction of emission targets over the next five years and beyond. 


For further information in relation to building control applications, please click on Making an application