A Guide to the Building Regulations 2010

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  • Published: May 2017
  • Type: Business Information Factsheet
  • Format: PDF

The Building Regulations 2010 (as amended) set out the technical requirements for most types of building work in England and Wales and establish an approval process to ensure that these requirements are met. They specify standards that ensure that buildings meet health and safety requirements, conserve fuel and power, and provide adequate facilities and access. Building work in Scotland and Northern Ireland is subject to similar requirements under the Building (Scotland) Regulations 2004 and the Building Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2012.

This factsheet explains what the Building Regulations 2010 (the Regulations) cover, who they apply to, and the obligations they place on anyone who carries out building work or who owns property or land where building work is being carried out. It provides information about the approval process, how the Regulations are enforced, and the penalties for non-compliance.

Obtaining approval for building work is a separate process from applying for planning permission. Depending on the project, both may be required. For more information about planning permission, see BIF031, A Guide to Applying for Planning Permission.

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