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Building Regulations promote high standards for construction and energy efficiency of buildings.
It considers all types of people, including those with disabilities by requiring easy access in and around buildings.
Building regulations are divided into 14 categories (parts), and are updated on a regular basis.
These categories are:
A - Structural safety, B - Fire Safety, C - Resistance to contaminants and moisture, D - Toxic Substances, E - Resistance to sound,
F - Ventilation, G - Sanitation, Hot Water Safety and Water Efficiency, H - Drainage and waste disposal, J - Heat producing appliances, K -Protection from falling, L - Conservation of fuel and power, M - Access to and use of buildings
N - Glazing safety, P - Electrical safety
These regulations have been approved by the Secretary of State for the purpose of providing practical guidance with respect to the requirements of Schedule 1 and Schedule 7 of, the Building Regulations 2010. These documents can be obtained from the planning portal, or by clicking here.
Once the building regulations are approved by the council’s Building Control department, the building works can be carried out.
The following types of project amount to 'Building Work' as defined in Regulation 3 of the Building Regulations:
If you are planning to carry out such work, then it should comply with the Building Regulations.
The works themselves should meet the relevant technical requirements in the Building Regulations and they should not make other fabric, services and fittings less compliant than they previously were - or dangerous. For example, if you replace external windows or doors the building should comply to at least the same degree as it did before or, where it exceeded the standards, not be reduced below the standards in relation to:
Also, in this example, the replacement window / door should also fully satisfy the requirements for energy conservation and ventilation for health
The Building Regulations may also apply to certain changes of use of an existing building. This is because the change of use may result in the building as a whole no longer complying with the requirements which will apply to its new type of use, and so having to be upgraded to meet additional requirements specified in the regulations for which building work may also be required.
There are a number of classes of new buildings or extensions of existing buildings that do not need Building Regulations approval - subject to certain criteria on size, construction and position relative to boundaries being met. The following are examples of such buildings and extensions. Please note that they may require planning permission.
Example of 4D Planning's Building Regulation Drawings in London:
Multimedia from 2021
Building control exists to ensure that buildings are designed and constructed in accordance with the Building Regulations and associated legislation. 4D Planning Consultants liaise with building control on your behalf to ensure your development coheres to the building regulations such as structural stability, fire resistance, weather resistance, thermal insulation etc.
Building Control also deal with demolitions notices and competent person’s schemes, they also provide a 24 hour response service to dangerous structures.
4D Planning are experienced with the building regulations and our designs are created to adhere to all the regulations. The Building Regulations apply to building work in England and Wales and set standards for the design and construction of buildings to ensure the health, safety, welfare and convenience of persons in or about buildings.
Building control teams generally carry out the following duties: plan checking, site inspections, dealing with demolitions and dangerous structures, administration of competent persons schemes and certificated work. 4D Planning have a good working relationship with a private approved Building Inspector in London. We would be happy to recommend their services if requested.
Approved Inspectors assess the Building Regulations for most development types including extensions, conversion to flats and other building works. Building Control is not the most glamorous of professions and certainly not particularly new worthy, but it is an important part of the development process to ensure compliance with all regulations. Safety is always a priority and Building Control’s role is to ensure that the built environment is safe and secure.
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