Building regulations - what they are
Building regulations are compulsory safety standards for design, construction and alterations.
The Building Regulations exist to ensure the health and safety of people in and around all types of buildings and they provide for energy conservation, security, and access to buildings.
The Regulations contain minimum requirements A to R to which buildings in England must comply (view the requirements and our additional guidance, as well as download the Approved Document relating to each part by clicking on the relevant section below).
The structural stability and safety of buildings from foundations to walls and roofs.
All things relating to fire safety, including means of escape, fire spread, structural fire protection and fire service access.
Volume 1 concerns vegetation, contaminated soil or the leakage of noxious gases and Volume 2 deals with creating a barrier against ground water and weather.
Provides guidance on toxic substances in buildings.
Deals with sound insulation in buildings, dwellings and in schools.
Provides guidance on how to limit the amount of pollutants and moisture content in buildings.
Deals with sanitation, hot water safety and water efficiency.
Is concerned with foul water and wastewater drainage, solid waste storage and building over sewers.
Deals with the protection of fuel storage, air supply and warnings of the release of carbon dioxide.
Covers falling, collision and impact.
Four documents (L1A, L1B, L2A & L2B) that cover conservation of fuel and power in new and existing dwellings and other buildings.
Deals with the accessibility of dwellings and other buildings.
Deals with the design and installation of electrical installations.
Deals with unauthorised access through doors and windows.
Deals with in-building physical infrastructure.
Gives guidance on establishing the adequacy of materials and workmanship.
Are you a Homeowner and planning on carrying out alterations to your property, such as an extension, conversion or remodelling? View the LABC Homeowner guides and find out if you need to make a Building Regulations application.
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