Additional Air Conditioning Regulations to Consider
As well a planning permission, take the following into account for your installation project:
Listed building consent - if you own a listed property, you may need both planning permission (which deals with the external alterations) and listed building consent (which pertains to the character of the property itself). If this is the case, it’s usually quicker, and cheaper, to apply for both at the same time.
Noise pollution - whilst there aren’t any specific regulations around the noise of your AC system, it is a polite consideration - if your neighbours raise a noise complaint it can lead to an uncomfortable dispute. Thankfully, modern systems are relatively quiet, but look at additional measures such as considered placement and natural soundproofing.
F-Gas regulations - anyone working with fluorinated gases (F-gases) must be qualified to do so, and since these are the refrigerants used in air conditioning systems, you’ll need to make sure you choose an accredited contractor. For larger installations in commercial and industrial settings, you’ll also need to ensure you meet your own legal obligations under F-Gas Regulations.
Building regulations - in some cases, you might need building regulations approval. At Loughborough Air Conditioning, we’re members of the BESCA Competent Person Scheme, allowing us to self-certify AC installations under Part L and Part F of the Building Regulations in England and Wales.