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 
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
Approved Document D – Toxic Substances: amended 1992.
Approved Document E – Resistance to the passage of sound:2003
Approved Document F – Ventilation: 2006
Approved Document G – Hygiene: 2010 Edition
Approved Document H – Drainage and waste disposal:2002.
Approved Document J – Combustion appliances and fuel storage systems: 2002.
Approved Document K – Protection from falling, collision and impact: 1998.
Approved Document L1A – Conservation of fuel and power (New dwellings) 2006 (revised 1st October 2010)
Approved Document L1B – Conservation of fuel and power (Existing dwellings) 2006 (revised 1st October 2010)
Approved Document L2A – Conservation of fuel and power (New buildings other than dwellings) 2006 (revised 1st October 2010)
Approved Document L2B – Conservation of fuel and power (Existing buildings other than dwellings) 2006 (revised 1st October 2010)
Approved Document M – Access to and use of buildings: 2004.
Approved Document N – Glazing – safety in relation to impact, opening and cleaning: 1998.
Approved Document P – Electrical safety:2006
Approved Document for Regulation 7 - 2006 Material and workmanship

  • Conservation of Fuel and Power
    Building Regulations for the conservation of fuel and power are covered by Part L, and its accompanying "Approved Documents".

  • Fire Safety
    For Fire Safety the relevant part of the Building Regulations is Part B. It is published in two sections, one for dwellings and the other for other than dwellings. There are five parts: B1 Means of escape, B2 Internal fire spread (linings), B3 Internal fire spread (structure), B4 External fire spread and B5 Access and facilities for the fire service.

  • Impact Safety
    The relevant regulation for impact safety in England and Wales is: Part N 'Glazing materials and protection'.

  • Part L Update Presentation

  • Stairs Ramps and Barriers
    For new buildings and for buildings subject to major refurbishment, the requirements for glazing when incorporated in the designs of stairs, ramps and barriers can be found in Part K Stairs, Ramps and Guards.