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Internal wall removal

Internal wall removal

If you want to make internal alterations to your home, you will not need to apply for planning permission in most situations. Whether you are making minor alterations to an internal wall, carrying out routine repairs or removing an internal wall, planning permission is not needed. If, however, you are unsure of an existing wall’s structural integrity and its importance to the building (if the wall is load bearing), we recommend consulting your Local Planning Authority.

Building regulations

Whether you are removing a wall or building a new wall, certain building regulations may apply to you.

New internal walls

In the case of new internal walls, before work can start you will require approval under the Building Regulations 2000. These Regulations cover adequate separation, fire resistance and thermal insulation.

Removing internal walls

Removing an internal wall does not require Building Regulations approval. However, great care should be taken to ensure that removing an internal wall would not alter the structural integrity of a building.

Types of internal walls

There are two main types of internal walls:

Load bearing walls

These walls support the building and transfer the weight down to the foundations. Load bearing walls support other elements of a building, such as the roof, the above walls and the floor joists.

Non-load bearing walls

Provide separation between rooms and do not transfer weight to the foundations.

Both load bearing walls and non-load bearing walls may be subject to thermal resistance and insulation regulations. We recommend that you consult your Local Planning Authority for guidance on this.

Internal walls in listed buildings

Listed buildings and buildings in a designated area fall under different restrictions to those that are not, and so it is highly recommended that you consult your Local Planning Authority to see if you will require listed building consent. In most cases, listed building consent is granted, so long as the alteration to an internal wall will not impact the structural integrity of the building or its outer appearance.

So long as your project benefits the building and living standards, your project should be granted consent. It is a criminal offence to alter a building’s internal or external appearance without listed building consent.

For more information on internal walls, planning permission and building regulations, please visitThe Planning Portal.


The information contained within this article is strictly for guidance only.  Cost2Build recommends that you always check current sources of information in case regulations have changed. Cost2Build cannot accept any liability for miscommunication of the law in the case of a change in regulation or any action done to a property based on the information held in this article.

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