Building regulations in the UK

Find out where you can find details of current building regulations in the United Kingdom. Building regulations are the legal rules by which building works must be carried out.

Government information

The Department for Communities and Local Government (CLG) has extensive information about building regulations including amendments, explanatory notes and other guidance. This includes the general policy feed and the Approved Documents.

The Planning Portal is another excellent source of information concerning building regulations and includes the approved documents which support the technical "parts" of the building regulations. It also includes previous editions of these documents. This information includes Part B – Fire Safety.

The changes to building regulations that came into force on 1 October 2010 in England and Wales can be seen in the above information and links. The changes consisted of revisions to:

  • Part F (ventilation)
  • Part J (heat producing appliances)
  • Part L (conservation of fuel and power)

Other useful information includes:

The above information relates to building regulations in England and Wales.

Please see information relating to Scottish Building Standards and for Northern Ireland

Our building regulation sources

Explore our building regulation dashboard which will keep you updated on all the latest news, conferences and professional guidance.

Our library catalogue references articles and other information about building regulations and our e-resources have further information including Dawsonera e-books which has several publications on understanding the subject.

  • For more articles and information please explore the RICS Journals
  • For further information please contact our Library team.