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Approved Documents and Building Regulations publications

Practical guidance on ways to comply with the functional requirements in the Building Regulations is outlined in a series of 'Approved Documents' published by the Department for Communities and Local Government.

Each document contains:

  • general guidance on the performance expected of materials and building work in order to comply with each of the requirements of the Building Regulations; and
  • practical examples and solutions on how to achieve compliance for some of the more common building situations.

All of the latest 'Approved Documents' can be downloaded free on the Planning Portal at:

Certain technical documents and second tier guidance documents can also be found on the Planning Portal under the related Approved Documents.

Each year, the Department commissions a number of research projects to underpin the development and maintenance of the Building Regulations. Publications related to these research projects can be found on the Buildings Regulations Research web page.

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Building Regulations

We are working to ensure that buildings are safe, healthy, accessible and sustainable for current and future generations.

Building Regulations set standards for design and construction which apply to most new buildings and many alterations to existing buildings in England and Wales. Our role is to:

  • set objective and fair building standards
  • publish statutory guidance on ways to meet Building Regulations
  • oversee and improve the functioning of the building control system and the statutory appeals system, and
  • support the building control service and others who use the system in their efforts to ensure compliance.

This workstream has close links with our wider work on sustainable buildings.

We provide the secretariat for the Building Regulations Advisory Committee (BRAC), an advisory non-departmental public body (and Scientific Advisory Committee under the Government's Code of Practice for Scientific Advisory Committees 2001) which advises the Secretary of State on the exercise of his power to make Building Regulations and on other related subjects, in England and Wales.

What we are doing

  • The new consolidated Building Regulations came into force on 1 October 2010. For further information visit the Legislation section below.
  • Revisions to Part G of the Building Regulations (sanitation, hot water and water efficiency) came into effect on 6 April 2010.
  • Revisions to Part F (ventilation), Part J (heat producing appliances) and Part L (conservation of fuel and power) also came into effect in October 2010.

Help us identify the changes needed to Building Regulations

We launched at the end of July 2010 an exercise to identify what changes are needed to ensure the Building Regulations continue to operate effectively in the future. We invited ordinary people, businesses and local authorities to submit their ideas about what needs to be done. For further information visit the Future of Building Regulations page.

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