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Guidance and Approved Documents

Guidance and useful links

Building Act 1984

The Building Regulations 2010

All building works are required by law to comply with the Building Regulations.

The Building Regulations refers to government legislation made under powers provided in the Building Act 1984. They apply in England and Wales.

Building Regulations Approved Documents on GOV.UK

The Approved Documents provide guidance on ways to meet the building regulations.

Competent Persons Register

These allow individuals and enterprises to self-certify that their work complies with the Building Regulations. It is an alternative to submitting a building notice or using an approved inspector.

Health and Safety Executive

What you need to know if you're doing or having construction and building work carried out.


A guide to sustainable construction.  It provides information to help you design more energy and resource efficient buildings using materials and technologies to help minimise damage to people and the environment.

LABC guidance for homeowners

Find out about building regulations, how they affect your project and whether you need to apply.

LABC guidance for housing developers

Advice and services to support small, medium and large-scale projects, using the expertise of local authority building control surveyors.

LABC guidance for non-residential developers

Find out how local authority building control teams can work with you to deliver cost effective solutions across all types of projects.

LABC New Home Warranty

A quality service offering specific competitive products for speculative residential housing, social housing and self-build.

Planning Portal interactive house

Householder guidance on what needs building regulations.

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