Building regulations

Building regulations are national standards which provide for the health, safety, welfare and convenience of people in and around buildings.

Building regulations recommend minimum standards in:

  • Structural stability
  • Fire safety
  • Damp-proofing
  • Sound insulation
  • Stairs ramps and guards
  • Ventilation
  • Drainage
  • Energy conservation
  • Access to and use of buildings
  • Glazing
  • Heat producing appliances
  • Water efficiency; and
  • Electrical safety

The current Building Regulations 2010 including later amendments.

The regulations generally apply to new, extended and altered buildings whether they are residential, commercial or industrial.

Approved documents

Practical guidance on ways to comply with the functional requirements of the Building Regulations are contained in a series of Approved Documents. There is an Approved Document for each section of schedule 1 of the Building Regulations.

Each document contains:

  • General guidance on the performance expected of materials and building work in order to comply with each of the requirements, and
  • Practical examples and solutions on how to achieve compliance for some of the more common building situations

The Approved Documents are available to view on the Planning Portal (Building Regulations) website.

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Precautions when building on or near landfill sites

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