With all building work, the owner of the property (or land) in question is ultimately responsible for complying with the relevant planning rules and building regulations (regardless of the need to apply for planning permission and/or building regulations approval or not).
Therefore, failure to comply with the relevant rules will result in the owner being liable for any remedial action (which could go as far as demolition and/or restoration). The general advice is to always discuss your proposals with the relevant Local Planning Authority and Building Control Service before starting work. (Source: DCLG)
Your architect usually deals with planning permission, and at this time the preparation for Building Regulations application normally involves instructing an engineer to carry out their structural design work.
There are three ways of obtaining Building Regulations approval, either through the Local Authority Building Control service (LABC) or an independent Approved Inspector.