Building regulations are legal requirements designed to ensure the health and safety of building users. They also take into account energy conservation, and access and use of buildings by people, including disabled people.






What building work should comply with building regulations?

Most building projects have to comply with building regulations. For example, you will need to comply if you put up a new building, extend or significantly alter an existing one (eg converting a loft space into a living space).


You may also need to comply if you want to install services or fittings in a building, such as replacement windows, toilets, sinks, or hot water cylinders, or if you change the use of a building, since the new use may mean it does not comply to the appropriate regulations.


If you are unsure whether the work you want to do needs to comply, contact the building regulations department of your local council. They will also be able to advise you about the requirements that apply to the work you want to carry out and what procedures you need to follow.

If your project is subject to the building regulations you must, with some exceptions, use one of two types of building control services:

  • your local authority building control service

  • an approved inspector's building control service

In either case, an inspector will check on the compliance of the work. A charge or fee is payable.


Complying with building regulations is a separate matter from getting planning permission for your work. In the same way, receiving any planning permission is not the same as taking action to ensure that it complies with building regulation. A free guide to regulations and the planning system is available via the link below.



Exempt Buildings


A - Greenhouses, provided they are not used for retailing, packing or exhibiting


B - Small detatched buildings and sheds,


C- Single storey additions not open to house, with floor area not exceeding 30m2 that are conservatories, greenhouses, porches, covered yards and carports open at least on two sides. Glazed doors and walls should be of safety glass in critical areas. Conservatories must have transparent roofs.


D - Boundary walls and fences,



      Statutory Instrument 1998 No. 1836 (C. 37)


      The Building Act 1984 (Commencement No. 2) Order 1998


      Crown Copyright 1998


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17th July 1998

The Secretary of State, in exercise of the powers conferred on him by sections 120(1) and 134(1)(d) of the Building Act 1984 and of all other powers enabling him in that behalf, hereby makes the following Order:


     1. This Order may be cited as the Building Act 1984 (Commencement No. 2) Order 1998.


2. Paragraph 9 of Schedule 1 to the Building Act 1984 shall come into force on 7th August 1998.

Signed by authority of the Secretary of State

Nick Raynsford

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions

17th July 1998





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