The Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) is responsible for building regulations in England, 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, 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: https://www.gov.uk/planning-permission-england-wales.
The regulations apply to most new buildings and many alterations of existing buildings in England, whether domestic, commercial or industrial. 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 '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.
These are the Approved Documents for England:
Approved Document A - Structure
Approved Document B - Fire safety
Approved Document C - Site preparation and resistance to contaminates and moisture
Approved Document D - Toxic substances
Approved Document E - Resistance to sound
Approved Document F - Ventilation
Approved Document G - Sanitation, hot water safety and water efficiency
Approved Document H - Drainage and waste disposal
Approved Document J - Combustion appliances and fuel storage systems
Approved Document K - Protection from falling, collision and impact
Approved Document L - Conservation of fuel and power
Approved Document M - Access to and use of buildings
Approved Document O - Overheating
Approved Document P - Electrical safety
Approved Document Q - Security in dwellings
Approved Document R - High speed electronic communications networks
Approved Document S - Infrastructure for charging electric vehicles
Approved Document 7 - Material and workmanship