Building regulations

Building regulations explained

Building regulations protect the health, safety, welfare and convenience of people in and about buildings.

They recommend basic 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
  • electrical safety

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

Practical help on how to comply with the building regulations can be found in a series of approved documents. There is an approved document for each section 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;
  • practical examples and solutions on how to achieve compliance for some of the more common building situations.

The approved documents can be downloaded from the Planning Portal (building control) website, along with other useful guides.

These include: