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What are Building Regulations ?

Building Regulations are made in accordance with  powers under the Building Act 1984, and apply in England and Wales.

The latest version of the regulations is ‘The 2000 Building Regulations’ (as amended) and the majority of building projects are required to comply with this legislation. The Regulations exist to ensure the health and safety of people in and around all types of buildings (commercial as well as residential).

Furthermore, Building Regulations  provide for energy conservation, and access to and use of property.

The Building Regulations incorporate various sections dealing with definitions, procedures, and details what is required  in terms of the technical performance of building work. The Regulations :

  • define what types of building, plumbing, and heating projects amount to ‘Building Work’ ;
  • specify what types of buildings are exempt from control under
  • the Building Regulations ( there are some types of building which are exempt);
  • set out the notification procedures to follow when starting, carrying out, and completing building work; 
  • set out the ‘requirements’ with which the individual aspects of building design and construction must comply in the interests of the health and safety of building users, of energy conservation, and of access to and use of buildings


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