The Current Approved Documents

The Building Regulations are approved by Parliament and deal with the minimum standards of design and building work for the construction of domestic, commercial and industrial buildings. The Building Regulations contain a list of requirements designed to ensure the health and safety of people in and around buildings; to provide for energy conservation; and provide access and facilities for people with disabilities. In total there are 13 parts for these requirements and they are expressed in broad, functional terms in order to give designers and builders the maximum flexibility in preparing their plans.

Each part is supported by an Approved Document which reproduces the requirement contained in the Building Regulations. This is followed by practical and technical guidance, with examples, on how the regulations can be met in some of the more common building situations. However, there may well be alternative ways of complying with the requirements to those shown. You are therefore under no obligation to adopt any particular solution shown in an Approved Document if you prefer to meet the requirements in some other way. If an alternative method is used, proof would be required to show that the alternative approach is at least equivalent to that shown in the Approved Documents.

The links below are provided for your convenience. However, it is advised that you read the full detailed pages for each Approved Document, by clicking on the 'More information' link, in order to check for any updates.

Approved Document AApproved Document A - Structure

PDF file: 5.33MB, 54 pages

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Approved Document B Volume 1Approved Document B (Volume 1) - Fire safety (Dwellinghouses)

PDF file: 2.97MB, 84 pages

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Approved Document B Volume 2Approved Document B (Volume 2) - Fire safety (Buildings other than dwellinghouses)

PDF file: 5.23MB, 170 pages

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Approved Document CApproved Document C - Site preparation and resistance to contaminants and moisture

PDF file: 5.67MB, 53 pages

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Approved Document DApproved Document D - Toxic substances

PDF file: 301KB, 8 pages

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Approved Document EApproved Document E - Resistance to the passage of sound

PDF file: 3.74MB, 86 pages

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Approved Document FApproved Document F - Ventilation

PDF file: 1.35MB, 60 pages

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Approved Document GApproved Document G - Hygiene

PDF file: 347KB, 55 pages

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Approved Document HApproved Document H - Drainage and waste disposal

PDF file: 1.28MB, 64 pages

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Approved Document JApproved Document J - Combustion appliances and fuel storage systems

PDF file: 2.52MB, 89 pages

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Approved Document K - 2013 editionApproved Document K - Protection from falling, collision and impact

PDF file: 4.30MB, 68 pages

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Approved Document L1AApproved Document L1A - Conservation of fuel and power in new dwellings

PDF file: 346KB, 46 pages

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Approved Document L1BApproved Document L1B - Conservation of fuel and power in existing dwellings

PDF file: 260KB, 31 pages

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Approved Document L2A - 2013 edition - www.kentbuildingcontrol.co.ukApproved Document L2A - Conservation of fuel and power in new buildings other than dwellings

PDF file: 366KB, 50 pages

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Approved Document L2BApproved Document L2B - Conservation of fuel and power in existing buildings other than dwellings

PDF file: 297KB, 32 pages

Approved Document M - Volume 1: DwellingsApproved Document M - Volume 1: Dwellings

PDF file: 1.76MB, 69 pages

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Approved Document M - Volume 2: Buildings other than dwellingsApproved Document M - Volume 2: Buildings other than dwellings

PDF file: 1.89MB, 74 pages

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Approved Document P - 2013 editionApproved Document P - Electrical safety - Dwellings

PDF file: 3.16MB, 22 pages

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Approved Document Q - 2015 editionApproved Document Q - Security - Dwellings

PDF file: 240KB, 20 pages

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Approved Document R - 2016 editionApproved Document R - Physical infrastructure for high-speed electronic communications networks

PDF file: 295KB, 18 pages

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Regulation 7 - 2013 editionRegulation 7 - Materials and workmanship

PDF file: 2.39MB, 22 pages

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