England and Wales

Communities and Local Government (CLG) is responsible for building regulations, which exist to ensure the health and safety of people in and around buildings, and the energy efficiency of buildings. The regulations apply to most new buildings and many alterations of existing buildings in England and Wales, whether domestic, commercial or industrial.

General public users and professional users can access building regulations guidance, including the Approved Documents and associated guidance from the Planning Portal at: www.planningportal.gov.uk.
Building Regulation Documents

The regulations apply to most new buildings and many alterations of existing buildings in England and Wales, whether domestic, commercial or industrial. The Building Regulations 2000 are made under powers provided in the Building Act 1984, and apply in England and Wales. The current edition of the regulations is 'The Building Regulations and the majority of building projects are required to comply with them. They exist to ensure the health and safety of people in and around all types of buildings (i.e. domestic, commercial and industrial). They also provide for energy conservation, and access to and use of buildings. The Building Regulations contain various sections dealing with definitions, procedures, and what is expected in terms of the technical performance of building work.

Practical guidance on ways to comply with the functional requirements in the Building Regulations is contained in a series of Approved Documents which are to be read alongside each of the fourteen 'parts' in Schedule 1 to the Building Regulations.

Each document contains: general guidance on the performance expected of materials and building work in order to comply with each of the requirements of the Building Regulations; and  practical examples and solutions on how to achieve compliance for some of the more common building situations.

To view all of the Approved Documents and related publications click here.

Approved Documents:  Click on the highlighted regulations to take you to the appropriate Pilkington products.

Approved Document A – Structure: 2004 (amended 2013)
Approved Document B – Fire Safety: 2006 Volume 1 Dwelling houses and volume 2 Buildings other than dwelling houses.
Approved Document C – Site preparation and resistance to contaminants and moisture: 2004 (amended 2013)
Approved Document D – Toxic Substances: 1992 (amended 2010)
Approved Document E – Resistance to the passage of sound:2003 (amended 2010)
Approved Document F – Ventilation: 2010
Approved Document G – Sanitation, hot water safety and water efficiency: 2010
Approved Document H – Drainage and waste disposal:2002 (amended 2010)
Approved Document J – Combustion appliances and fuel storage systems: 2010.
Approved Document K – Protection from falling, collision and impact: 2013.
Approved Document L1A – Conservation of fuel and power (New dwellings) 2013 (effective 6th April 2014)
Approved Document L1B – Conservation of fuel and power (Existing dwellings) 2013 (effective 6th April 2014)
Approved Document L2A – Conservation of fuel and power (New buildings other than dwellings) 2013 (effective 6th April 2014)
Approved Document L2B – Conservation of fuel and power (Existing buildings other than dwellings) 2013(effective 6th April 2014)
Approved Document M – Access to and use of buildings: 2013.
Approved Document N – Glazing – safety in relation to impact, opening and cleaning (only for Wales from April 2013)
Approved Document P – Electrical safety:2013
Approved Document for Regulation 7 - Material and workmanship 2013