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Keeping track with the building regs

Building works to new or altered buildings in the UK must comply with the relevant planning rules and building regulations.  The owner of the property is ultimately responsible for compliance.

The history of the UK building regulations dates back to the twelfth century when regulations were issues in an overcowded London to curb nuisances.  However, it was the Great Fire of London in 1666 which led to the passing of the London Building Act, 1667 - generally recognized as laying the foundations for today’s modern building regulations as applied throughout the UK.  Today, each country within the UK has its own regulations.  Those for

  • England and Wales may be found on the Government’s Planning Portal (make sure that either the English or Welsh site is accessed).  Each Part of the Regulations (e.g. Part A applies to structural safety, Part B to fire etc.) is supported by an Approved Document.  Several new Approved Documents (e.g. Part M relating to access to and use of buildings) have recently been published and come into force on 1st October, 2015.  http://www.planningportal.gov.uk/buildingregulations.
  • Scotland may be found on The Scottish Government website via topics/building/building standards.  The Regulations are supported by Technical Handbooks (one for domestic buildings, one for others) parts of which relating to energy have undergone amendment and come into force on 1st October, 2015.  http://www.gov.scot/Topics/Built Environment/Building/Building-standards.
  • Northern Ireland’s Department of Finance and Personnel issued new Building Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2012 supported by Technical Booklets 2012.  Technical Booklets F1 and F2 (relating to fuel and power) were amended in 2014 and came into effect as from 25th February, 2014.  http://www.buildingcontrol-ni.com/regulations.

Building Regulations continue to be reviewed making sure they remain “fair, efficient, up to date, safe and effective” (see the Government’s policy paper).  Follow changes on the above websites.