Building Regulations 2010 (as amended)

The way our buildings are designed evolves continuously; influenced by fires, major disasters, terrorist attacks, extreme weather, social and demographic change and sustainability issues.

Standards for today's buildings are greater - safer and more sustainable - than those built in previous decades. Whether for control of the spread of fire, means of escape, structural stability, access, energy performance or noise reduction, Building Control helps its clients - developers, architects, builders and householders - to use the Building Regulations as a positive aid to the creation of high performance buildings which meet today's higher standards.

Building work on projects to which the Regulations apply must satisfy the minimum standards contained in Schedule 1 to the Building Regulations 2010 (as amended) which can be accessed on the Planning Portal website.

The Regulatory requirements are quite simple, they are written in functional form and state what must be achieved. The Regulations do not specify how work is to be done because location, design, building materials and techniques constantly produce unique projects. Consequently, reference must be made to Approved documents for guidance as to methods of achieving compliance with the Regulations during the design and construction of a project.

Please contact a member of the Building Control team for any queries you may have in respect of the Building Regulations or the Approved Documents.

Once an application has been received or work has commenced on site we will offer you, your agent or your builder (as appropriate) assistance and advice to ensure your project is brought to a satisfactory conclusion.

The following links will take you to the Planning Portal website and each of the Approved documents , together with associated documents and information:

PART A - Structure.

PART B - Fire Safety

PART C - Site preparation and resistance to contaminants and moisture.

PART D - Toxic substances.

PART E - Resistance to the passage of sound.

PART F - Means of ventilation.

PART G - Hygiene.

PART H - Drainage and waste disposal.

PART J - Combustion appliances and fuel storage systems.

PART K - Protection from falling collision and impact.

PART L - Conservation of fuel and power.

PART M - Access to and use of buildings.

PART N - Glazing-safety in relation to impact, opening and cleaning.

PART P - Electrical safety-Dwellings.

There are occasions when even a minimum standard is not achieved during the construction process. Our clients are given every chance to amend and resolve relatively minor problems but we reserve the right to withhold the issue of a completion certificate until such a time as the work satisfies all the applicable Regulations. Unfortunately this can prejudice the sale of a property at some future date.

If there is a serious danger to health, the potential to damage neighbouring properties, a criminal fraud, or a deliberate abuse of access, fire and energy rules, then failure to attain the requirements contained in the Regulations is, upon conviction, a criminal offence for which penalties can be imposed under the Building Act 1984 - for example a fine or the serving of a notice to pull down or rectify contravening work.
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