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UK Regulations for Building Projects

Building projects in the UK are subject to Planning Law and Building Regulations. Work to listed buildings requires listed building consent. The laws are complex and we suggest you obtain the services of an architect, but below we list where you can find current legislation. Building Regulations are different in Scotland.

A good starting point is the Planning Portal, a Central Government website for planning and Building Regulations information in England and Wales. The free service allows users to learn about the planning system, view the Building Regulations, find out if they require planning and/or Building Regulations consent and apply for planning permission online. It provides planning and Building Control information in an easy-to-understand format -users can access an interactive tool to find out how planning and the Building Regulations can affect different projects around the home. Should you wish to submit a planning application online, the step-by-step help-text will guide you through the process.

Air Leakage Testing

In 2006, Part L of the Building Regulations for new houses were amended to incorporate a new aspect -the testing of air leakage rates to ensure better energy performance. Tom Hanson of UK Air Testing explains what this is all about. Read more.....


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Based in Kemble, Gloucestershire, Energist UK are specialists in achieving compliance with Part L of the Building Regulations, including Code for Sustainable Homes (CSH), Air Testing and BREEAM calculations. delivery of renewable and sustainable energy solutions.

Building Regulations

Building Regulations Approved Docs -England and Wales
List of Approved Documents on the planning portal web-site.
  • (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
other documents:
  • Materials and workmanship (Regulation 7)
Scottish Building Regulations -Technical Standards -regulations in Scotland are different to England and Wales. The latest rules came into force on October 1, 2010. The site includes the Technical Handooks and Associated Guidance.
Building Regulations Training Home Page by Robert Hunter-Jones
The main purpose of this site is to help train trainee Building Control Surveyors in the Building Regulations of England and Wales -includes programme of targeted learning, with typical questions, plus quick guide to the Building Regulations.
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Building Regulations UK 2009
by Tom Atkins
The complete set of the latest Building Regulations 2009 on CD-Rom.
Price in UK pounds

Building Regulations in Brief
Ray Tricker
Paperback - Butterworth-Heinemann Ltd
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