Building regulations

What are Building Regulations?

Every new home built in the UK has to comply with current statutory Building Regulations; not only to ensure the safety and health of people in and around those buildings, but also regarding energy conservation and access. As the owner of the building, it is important that you understand Building Regulations because it is you who may be served with an enforcement notice if the building does not comply.

Before building work begins, a set of drawings should be presented for approval. Approval on an inspection-only basis is recommended for experienced builders and developers only. You can choose which of the Building Control Bodies (Local Authority or private sector Approved Inspectors) undertakes the inspection work. At various stages during the build project an inspector will check that the building complies with current legislation. The areas of building work which must comply are contained in Building Regulations Schedule 1, and are listed here:

Part A – Structure
Part B – Fire safety
Part C – Site preparation and resistance to moisture
Part D – Toxic substances
Part E – Resistance to the passage of sound
Part F – 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