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What are building regulations?

Building regulations set the standard for construction throughout England and Wales. The regulations cover all aspects of design and construction, and deliver a built environment that is healthy, safe, energy efficient and accessible to the whole community.

Legislation: The building regulations are made under powers provided in the Building Act 1984, and apply in England and Wales. The current edition of the regulations is The Building Regulations 2010 (as amended) and the majority of building projects are required to comply with them. Anyone wanting to carry out building work which is subject to the building regulations is required by law to make sure it complies with the regulations.

For more information about building regulations, please visit GOV.UK.

The LABC gives guidance on applying for approval and lots of technical advice.

Local Authority Building Control (LABC) represents all local authority building control teams in England and Wales. Their members work cooperatively with building owners, home owners, architects, plan drawers, developers, building contractors and other professionals to ensure buildings are safe, healthy and efficient to meet the standards set by the building regulations.

For the most up to date technical guidance for building regulations, visit LABC’s online building regulations resource.

Guidance on whether the work you have commissioned requires Building Regulations can be found at the following links to LABC’s website:

The building regulations exist to ensure the health and safety of people in and around all types of buildings and they provide for energy conservation, security, and access to buildings.

The regulations contain minimum requirements A to R to which buildings in England must comply. If non-compliant work is discovered there is a possibility you may be fined or required to pay to bring the works up to a compliant standard.

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