The Approved Documents

Building Regulations

The Building Regulations are approved by Parliament and deal with the minimum standards of design and building work for the construction of domestic, commercial and industrial buildings. The Building Regulations contain a list of requirements to:

  • ensure the health and safety of people in and around buildings
  • provide for energy conservation
  • provide access and facilities for people with disabilities

There are 16 parts to these requirements and they are expressed in broad, functional terms in order to give designers, builders and home owners maximum flexibility in preparing their plans.

Each part is supported by an Approved Document, which reproduces the requirement contained in the Building Regulations (text in green box). The remainder of the document contains practical and technical guidance, with examples, on how the regulations can be met in some of the more common building situations.

We appreciate there may be alternative ways of complying with the requirements to those shown. You are therefore under no obligation to adopt any particular solution shown in an Approved Document if you prefer to meet the requirements in some other way. If an alternative method is used, sufficient evidence will be required to show that the alternative approach is at least equivalent to that shown in the Approved Documents.

Download relevant Approved Documents by selecting a link below:

If you need any further information, please contact the Building Control team and we will be pleased to assist you:

Contact: the Building Control team

Last updated on 23/10/2018