What are Building Regulations?
The Building Regulations are developed by the Government and approved by Parliament. They are minimum standards for design, construction and alterations to nearly every building.
The Building Regulations also contain a list of requirements that ensure minimum standards for health, safety, convenience, energy efficiency, welfare and sustainability. These are referred to as Schedule 1 and they also aim to prevent misuse, abuse or contamination of water supplies.
These regulations cover all aspects of construction including foundations, stability, damp-proofing, insulation, heating, ventilation, fire protection, means of escape and making sure there are adequate facilities for people with disabilities.
Building Regulations consist of Parts A – P and are regularly being updated.
Below are brief explanations of each part and a link to the documents themselves.
It is down to Building Control Bodies to ensure compliance with Building Regulations. There are two types and it is your choice who you choose.
Local Authority Building Control (LABC)
– each local authority in England and Wales has a building control section.
Approved Inspector Building Control (AIBC)
– approved inspectors are companies or individuals authorised under the Building Act 1984 to carry out building control work in England and Wales.
If you use a LABC then you can either make a full plans application or give a Building Notice. A building notice is really only appropriate for small jobs as no plans are required and the job will get inspected as you go along. Therefore if something does not comply you may have already done the work before the building control officer informs you that there is a problem. You also will not get a final certificate to show the works comply.
If you use an AIBC then it is like a full plan application and the AIBC will inform your LABC that they have been asked to oversee the work by sending them an Initial Notice.
If you wish to find out more about LABC’s then visit www.labc.uk.com/
If you wish to find an AIBC then you can find them at
Part A is concerned with structural stability of buildings and encompasses design of foundations, walls, floors and roofs. It also deals with limiting the extent to which parts of a building may collapse if a major catastrophe occurs.
Click here to download Part A pdf
Part B includes requirements for providing early warning of a fire, satisfactory escape routes, preventing fire spread both within and to other buildings and providing good access for the Fire Services.
This Part is split into two volumes
Volume 1 – Dwellinghouses
Volume 2 – Buildings other than dwellinghouses
Click here to download B Volume 1 pdf
Click here to download B Volume 2 pdf
Part C contains the recommendations for making sure the building remains watertight and free from damp, condensation and any contamination that may be in the ground.
Click here to download Part C pdf
Part D provides guidance on the prevention of toxic substances permeating into the building when inserting insulation into cavity walls.
Click here to download Part D pdf
Part E includes requirement aimed at reducing sound transference between dwellings, flats, communal areas and other certain types of rooms.
Click here to download Part E pdf
Part G deals with the provision of sanitary conveniences and washing facilities. It also includes requirements associated with unvented hot water storage systems.
Click here to download Part G pdf
Part L gives minimum standards of energy efficiency and provides design criteria for space heating and hot water storage.
This Part is split into four
L1A – Conservation of fuel and power in new dwellings
L1B – Conservation of fuel and power in existing dwellings
L2A – Conservation of fuel and power in new buildings other than dwellings
L2B - Conservation of fuel and power in existing buildings other than dwellings
Part M deals with the way buildings are designed to allow all people to gain access and be able to use the facilities within the building. It includes requirements to help people with sight, hearing and mobility impairments use the building.
Click here to download Part M pdf
Part P applies to electrical installation work. All new electrical installations need to be carried out by a qualified person and a certificate is needed on completion.
Click here to download Part P pdf