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Building Regulations

The Building Regulations themselves are a set of rules with which builders are legally obliged to comply in the interest of public health and safety. They are supported by a set of 'Approved Documents' which give guidance on how the legal requirements can be met, and cover such things as - Structural Stability, Fire Safety, Sound Insulation, Ventilation etc.

There is no obligation for you to adopt any particular solution contained in an Approved Document if you prefer to satisfy the relevant requirement in some other way. However, should it be alleged that you have contravened the regulations, providing you have followed the guidance set out in the relevant Approved Document, that will be evidence tending to show that you have complied.

If you choose not to follow the guidance then it will be up to you to demonstrate by other means that you have satisfied the functional requirements of the regulations.

Approved Documents

  • Part A - Structure
  • Part B - Fire Safety: volume 1 Dwellinghouses
  • Part B - Fire Safety: volume 2 buildings other than dwellinghouses
  • Part C - Site Preparation and Resistance to Moisture
  • Part D - Toxic Substances
  • Part E - Resistance To The Passage Of Sound
  • Part F - Ventilation
  • Part G - Hygiene
  • Part H - Drainage And Waste Disposal
  • Part J - Heat Producing Appliances
  • Part K - Stairs Ramps And Guards
  • Part L1A - Conservation Of Fuel And Power In New Dwellings
  • Part L1B - Conservation Of Fuel And Power In Existing Dwellings
  • Part L2A - Conservation Of Fuel And Power In New Buildings Other Than Dwellings
  • Part L2B - Conservation Of Fuel And Power In Existing Buildings Other Than Dwellings
  • Part M - Access to and use of buildings: volume 1 Dwellings
  • Part M - Access to and use of buildings: volume 2 buildings other than dwellings
  • Part N - Glazing - Safety in relation to impact, opening and cleaning (Wales only)
  • Part P - Electrical Safety
  • Part Q - Security - dwellings
  • Approved Document 7 - Materials and Workmanship