Building Control and Building Regulations
What is Building Control?
The Building Control process is a legal requirement that exists to ensure your new home or extension is safe, well-built and energy efficient, meeting the standards set for today’s homes, in accordance with Building Regulations. It is there to safeguard your home and those of your neighbours.
What are Building Regulations?
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.
View the Approved Documents which contain guidance on how to meet these requirements, as well as additional guidance from LABC and other organisations on the Local Authority Building Control website. These Approved Documents are guidance published by central government. They're free to download online, or hard copies can be purchased from the Stationery Office page of the TSO website.The Approved Documents provide helpful technical advice and practical information to illustrate how you can comply with the building regulation requirements, as well as offering solutions to common building problems.
Guidance for designers
Designing in accordance with the Approved Document guidance tends to demonstrate compliance with building regulation requirements. If the Approved Document guidance hasn't been followed, the designer will still need to demonstrate that the requirements have been satisfied. To do so, the designer may wish to refer to documents on following website, such as:
- British Standards Institution (BSI) website - codes of practice page
- British Board of Agreement (BBA) website - certificates page
- Building Research Establishment (BRE) website - digest page
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