Building Control Legislation
Approved Documents offer guidance on how to comply with the
regulations and cover the following aspects of construction:
You can find more information on Approved Documents on
APPROVED DOCUMENT A – STRUCTURE
This section is concerned with ensuring that
the structural stability of the building is maintained. Areas
covered include design of foundations, walls, floors and roofs.
Planning Portal - Document A
APPROVED DOCUMENT B – FIRE
The principal aim is ensuring the safety of
users of buildings should a fire occur. It includes the provision
of satisfactory fire escape routes, preventing fire spreading both
within the building and to other buildings and providing good
access and fire fighting facilities for the Fire Service.
Planning Portal - Document B
APPROVED DOCUMENT C – SITE PREPARATION
& RESISTANCE TO MOISTURE
Part C contains the recommendations with
regard to making sure your property remains free from damp
penetration and is watertight. It also contains requirements to
prevent contamination which may be in the ground, including Radon
gas, reaching the inside of the building.
Planning Portal - Document C
APPROVED DOCUMENT D – TOXIC
Document D provides guidance on the prevention
of toxic substances finding their way into the building when
insulation is inserted into cavity walls.
Planning Portal - Document D
APPROVED DOCUMENT E – RESISTANCE TO
THE PASSAGE OF SOUND
This document recommends the provision of
adequate levels of sound insulation between dwellings, flats and
certain other types of rooms and buildings.
Planning Portal - Document E
APPROVED DOCUMENT F –
Part F provides for adequate levels of
ventilation to buildings and prevention of condensation forming in
Planning Portal - Document F
APPROVED DOCUMENT G –
Document G is concerned with providing
sanitary conveniences and adequate washing facilities. In addition
this section also recommends safety precautions associated with
unvented hot water storage systems.
Planning Portal - Document G
APPROVED DOCUMENT H – DRAINAGE AND
This drainage section deals with the various
methods available for the disposal of foul and stormwater drainage
together with details for solid waste storage (householder
Planning Portal - Document H
APPROVED DOCUMENT J –
COMBUSTION APPLIANCES AND FUEL STORAGE
This area covers provisions when installing
either solid fuel, gas or oil fired heating appliances.
Planning Portal - Document J
APPROVED DOCUMENT K – PROTECTION
FROM FALLING, COLLISION AND IMPACT
This is concerned with staircase design,
headroom, handrails. balustrading and guarding of landings,
balconies and other raised areas.
Planning Portal - Document K
APPROVED DOCUMENT L – CONSERVATION
OF FUEL AND POWER
Part L provides comprehensive advice regarding
the provision of adequate thermal insulation to all parts of the
building envelope. To complement these provisions this section also
provides design criteria for space heating and hot water
Planning Portal - Document L
APPROVED DOCUMENT M – ACCESS TO AND
USE OF BUILDINGS
This section deals with the design of
buildings to enable all people to gain access and be able to use
the facilities provided. The regulations include provisions for
people who have impairment which limits their ability to walk or
requires them to use a wheelchair for mobility. Aids for people
with impaired hearing or sight may also be required to be
incorporated into the design of the building.
Planning Portal - Document M
APPROVED DOCUMENT N – GLAZING SAFETY
IN RELATION TO IMPACT, OPENING AND
This area is concerned with providing safety glass in areas
where you are likely to walk into it or fall against it.
Planning Portal - Document N
APPROVED DOCUMENT P – ELECTRICAL
Planning Portal - Document P.