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Building regulations

12 January 2018

The function of building regulations is principally to ensure the health and safety of people in and around buildings. They provide a minimum standard relating to the construction and alteration of premises. Local authorities have a duty to ensure building regulations are complied with.

Building regulations apply to building work including:

  1. the erection or extension of a building
  2. the installation or extension of a controlled service or fitting
  3. the material alteration of a building or controlled service or fitting
  4. inserting insulation into a cavity wall
  5. underpinning a building
  6. works relating to a change of energy status, thermal elements and improvements to energy performance.

The requirements relate to:

  • structure
  • fire safety
  • site preparation and resistance to contaminants and moisture
  • toxic substances
  • resistance to the passage of sound
  • ventilation
  • sanitation, hot water safety and water efficiency
  • drainage and waste disposal
  • combustion appliances and fuel storage systems
  • protection from falling, collision and impact
  • conservation of fuel and power
  • access to and use of buildings
  • glazing - safety in relation to impact, opening and cleaning
  • electrical safety.

The requirements are supplemented by detailed technical guidance contained in approved documents which explain how the requirements may be satisfied. We can provide comprehensive legal advice to ensure your obligations are complied with.


Our team has extensive experience in relation to all types of property matters relating to schools, including disposals and acquisitions, leases, telecoms and substations, solar panels, boundary disputes, rights of way, access issues. Please feel free to contact us if you need any advice or assistance.

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