Building regulations are based on guidelines set out in approved documents.
The Building Regulations generally lay down performance requirements in relation to various aspects of building work.
The Approved Documents, in simple terms, set out the way(s) in which you can ensure that you comply with the performance requirements of the regulations. You can use another way of complying but you will have to demonstrate to the local authority how you will comply with these requirements.
Approved Documents can be purchased from any good bookshop, or
- View Approved Document information and download from the website of the Department for Communities and Local Government (http://www.communities.gov.uk/corporate/)
- View the Building Control Planning Portal (http://www.planningportal.gov.uk/buildingregulations/)
- Part A – Structural Safety
- Part B – Buildings Other than Dwelling Houses
- Part C – Site Preparation and Resistance to Contaminates and Moisture
- Part D – Toxic Substances
- Part E – Resistance to the Passage of Sound
- Part F – Ventilation
- Part G – Sanitation, Hot Water Safety and Water Efficiency
- Part H – Drainage and Waste Disposal
- Part J – Combustion Appliances and Fuel Storage Systems
- Part K – Protection from Falling, Collision and Impact
- Part L1&2 – Conservation of Fuel and Power in New Dwellings, Existing Dwellings & other than
- Part M – Access to and Use of Buildings
- Part N – Glazing
- Part P – Electrical Safety