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Approved Documents

The Approved Documents are a series of technical guidance documents that have been approved and issued by the Secretary of State for the purpose of providing practical guidance with respect to the requirements of the Building Regulations.

The Approved Documents are intended to provide guidance for some of the common building situations. However, there may be alternative ways of achieving compliance with the requirements. There is no obligation to adopt any particular solution in an Approved Document if you prefer to meet the relevant requirement in some other way.

Contents

Part A - Structure

Part B -  Fire Safety

Part C - Resistance to Contaminates and Moisture

Part D - Toxic Substances

Part E - Resistance to the Passage of Sound

Part F - Ventilation

Part G - Hygiene and Water Supply

Part H - Drainage and Waste Disposal

Part J - Heating Appliances

Part K - Protection from Falling

Part L - Conservation of Fuel and Power

Part M - Access to and use of buildings

Part P - Electrical Safety - Dwellings

Part Q - Security - Dwellings

Part R - Physical Infrastructure for High Speed Electronic Communications Network

Regulation 7 - Materials and Workmanship

The Party wall etc Act 1996 Guidance (this is for information only and is not enforceable under Building Regulations)

Approved Document A - Structure

 Part A

Download Approved Document A - Structure

Approved Document B - Fire Safety

Part B Paer B

Download Approved Document B - Fire Safety Volume 1 - Dwelling Houses

Download Approved Document B - Fire Safety Volume 2 - Buildings Other Than Dwelling Houses

The Building Regulations and Fire Safety Technical Guide explains the steps involved in approved the fire safety aspects of building work, and the interaction between Building Regulations and other statutory fire safety requirements.

Download Building Regulations and Fire Safety Procedural Guidance

The document "Fire Safety in Adult Placements: A Code of Practice" sets out the minimum level of necessary fire precautions in domestic homes used for Adult Placement.

Download Fire Safety in Adult Placements: A Code of Practice

Approved Document C - Resistance to Contaminates and Moisture

Part C

Download Approved Document C - Resistance to Contaminates and Moisture

Approved Document D - Toxic Substances

Part D

Download Approved Document D - Toxic Substances

Approved Document E - Resistance to the Passage of Sound

Part E

Download Approved Document E - Resistance to the Passage of Sound

Approved Document F - Ventilation

Part F

Download Approved Document F - Ventilation

The Domestic Ventilation Compliance Guide provides detailed guidance to help comply with Building Regulations requirements for installation, inspection and testing when installing fixed ventilation system in new and existing buildings.

Download the Domestic Ventilation Compliance Guide

Approved Document G - Hygiene and Water Supply

Part G

Download Approved Document G - Hygiene and Water Supply

There is now a requirement for new dwellings to limit the potential consumption of water.

Download The Water Efficiency Calculator for New Dwellings

Approved Document H - Drainage and Waste Disposal

Part H

Download Approved Document H - Drainage and Waste Disposal

Approved Document J - Heating Appliances

Part J

Download Approved Document J - Heating Appliances

Approved Document K - Protection from Falling

Part K

Download Approved Document K - Protection from Falling 

Approved Document L - Conservation of Fuel and Power

Part L1A Part L1B Part L2A Part L2B

Download Approved Document L1A - Conservation of Fuel and Power in New Dwellings

Download Approved Document L1B - Conservation of Fuel and Power in Existing Dwelling

Download Approved Document L2A - Conservation of Fuel and Power in New Buildings other than Dwellings

Download Approved Document L2B - Conservation of Fuel and Power in Existing Buildings other than Dwellings

The Domestic Building Services Compliance Guide is referred to in Approved Documents L1A and L1B for dwelling as a source of guidance on complying with Building Regulations requirements for space heating and hot water systems, mechanical ventilation, comfort cooling, fixed internal and external lighting and renewable energy systems.

Download the Domestic Building Services Compliance Guide

The Non-domestic Building Services Compliance Guide is referred to in Approved Documents L2A and L2B for non-domestic buildings as a source of guidance on complying with Building Regulations requirements for space heating and water systems, mechanical ventilation, comfort cooling and fixed internal lighting.

Download the Non-Domestic Building Services Compliance Guide

Approved Documents M - Access to and use of Buildings

Part M Part M

Download Approved Document M - Access to and use of Buildings - Dwellings

Download Approved Document M - Access to and use of Buildings - Buildings other than Dwellings

Approved Document P - Electrical Safety - Dwellings

Part P

Download Approved Document P - Electrical Safety - Dwellings

Approved Document Q - Security - Dwellings

Part Q

Download Approved Document Q - Security - Dwellings

Approved Document R - Physical Infrastructure for High Speed Electronic Communications Network

Part R

Download Approved Document R - Physical Infrastructure for High Speed Electronic Communications Network [pdf] 279KB

Regulation 7 - Materials and Workmanship

Regulation 7

Download Regulation 7 - Materials and Workmanship

The Party Wall Act 1996

Party Wall Act 1996

Download The Party Wall Act 1996

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