What is covered?

Building Regulations the Lowdown explores and examines why building regulations are different from planning permission, what conveyancers due diligence requirements are and enforcement powers.

  • A comprehensive guide to working with building regulations

  • Detailed explanations of what they are and why it's vital to get it right

  • Explanation as to what building regulations are together with worked examples, it's purpose and the law

  • Forensic analysis of a real life example of building regulations and what to look out for

  • Comprises of over 1.5 hours of self study training

How do I complete the course?

  • Delivered via our online training academy with prerecorded video's

  • Binge watch or take your time watching a lesson or module at a time when you choose

  • Available 24/7 with 1 years access to the course

  • Each video ranges from 10 mins to hour in length

Who is the course suitable for?

  • Paralegals

  • Lawyers

  • Trainees

  • Solicitors

  • Solicitors

  • Support staff

  • New to this area of conveyancing

  • To increase knowledge in this area

  • To upskill or as a refresher

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Welcome to the Building Regulations Guide

    • Welcome

    • Introduction to Building Regulations

    • How to use this course

  • 2

    Untitled chapter

    • Let's get started

    • What are building regulations and why are they so vital to understand?

    • Planning v Building regulations what's the difference?

    • When do you need building regulations?

  • 3

    What to look for and where

    • Where do you start? What shows you that you need Building Regulations? Consideration of the information in a local search

    • What are we looking for? Consideration of a Building Regulation Completion Certificate

    • The Competent Person Scheme - what does it cover - FENSA, NICEIC, GAS SAFE etc

  • 4

    Untitled chapter

    • Cottingham v Attey Bower - the case relating to enforcement of building regulations

    • Powers of enforcement and limitation periods

  • 5

    Untitled chapter

    • A quick recap - why you need to look, where and what for

    • What if there is no Building Regulation Completion Certificate? What do you do?

  • 6

    Conclusion and what's next

    • Conclusion

    • What's next? Courses available through Practical Property

    • What's next?

    • Where can you find out about our other courses?

    • COnclu

Your Instructor

Course Founder

Zoe Upson

Zoe Upson is a conveyancing and property law trainer who has been training support staff, Paralegals, Legal Executives, Solicitors, Conveyancers, Trainee Solicitors, Estate Agents, Property Investors and property buyers and sellers since 2001. Zoe has been the head of a training team for one of the top conveyancers and is a former Law Firm owner, department head, and Property Solicitor. Using her extensive experience, she has been supporting conveyancers and property professionals throughout their careers developing skills, increasing their confidence and providing practical training that they can use through her unique method of training. Formally an Estate Agent and Mortgage Advisor before becoming a Property Solicitor, Zoe’s professional industry experience has led to a successful career and a unique understanding of property. With property close to her heart she owns and manages a property portfolio and advises on property acquisition. Having been brought up on a building site with her parents working for a new home builder, Zoe was often found on-site helping out from an early age. Often found in a field walking her dogs whilst getting inspiration for a course, renovating her latest property acquisition or standing and supporting her daughter's football team, Zoe is passionate about property.

What You'll Learn

  • Step by Step Guide

    A process for working through building regulations confidently saving time and duplication

  • Real life examples

    Videos guide you through what building regulations are together with worked examples. Learning from some of the experiences and lessons we've had along the way.

  • Experience

    Experience is usually gained by either assisting on contract packs or delving into the unknown which can be overwhelming. Learn from my 19 years as a property solicitor and avoid the pitfalls. Get ahead of the game and gain years of experience in a few hours!

  • You can have the course open and watch the videos as you work through a contract pack step by step. You have access for 365 days.

  • Increase profitability

    Having the confidence, a process and this guide will increase your expertise and skills in dealing with building regulations and enable you to better advise your clients.

Social proof: testimonials

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I’d just like to say thank you so much for the course the complete guide to new build conveyancing I thoroughly enjoyed it. Although I’m a qualified licensed conveyancer I do feel a lot of conveyancing ends up being self-taught and it’s nice to know I’ve been doing things right. It has also helped to get my head back into conveyancing after taking a year out through ill health.

Such a handy tool!


I just wanted to say how much I enjoyed the Practical Property Course! I bought it last year whilst I was furloughed to keep up my knowledge (and keep me busy), I’ve since changed jobs and am now working for a developer so had a refresher this morning ! It’s such a handy tool and I’d be interested in any others courses you do so I’ll keep my eye out!

Loved the bite sized pieces


I've just completed the Practical Property Course and found it really informative and easy to do. I loved the bite-size pieces and easily understandable breakdown of each module.


  • How is the course delivered?

    It is delivered via an online training platform. You will be sent a link enabling you to log in using your phone or computer, anywhere you have internet. This means that you can learn on the go, as and when you choose.

  • Do I have to do the whole course or can I work though it in my own time?

    You can dip in and out as and when you want and in whatever order. Or you can work through it in one go it's totally up to you.

  • How long is the course?

    It is currently 1.5 hours worth of content however this may change from time to time as more is added or tweaked.

  • How long do I have access to the course for?

    A whole year (365 days), allowing you to redo any sections that you want, redo the whole thing or use it as a guide as you work through a contract pack. You will also get the benefit of any new content that is added.

  • Will new content be added?

    We always seek to improve the learning experience and if new content is added, yes, you will have immediate access to that.