The Building Act 1984 is the primary legislation under which the Building Regulations and other secondary legislation is made.
The Building Regulations 2010 (As amended) are minimum standards for design, construction and alterations to virtually every building. They are developed by the Government and approved by Parliament.
The Building Regulations also contain a list of requirements (referred to as Schedule 1) that are designed to ensure minimum standards for health, safety, welfare, convenience, energy efficiency, sustainability and to prevent misuse, abuse or contamination of water supplies.
These regulations set national standards for building work, whether it be on a major new development or an extension or alterations to your home. They cover all aspects of construction, including foundations, damp-proofing, the overall stability of the building, insulation, ventilation, heating, fire protection and means of escape in case of fire. They also ensure that adequate facilities for people with disabilities are provided in certain types of building.
The Approved Documents provide guidance of how to satisfy Building Regulations. The latest Approved Documents and related publications can be found on the Planning Portal.