You can find out more from:

  • Your local authority’s Building Control Department
  • An approved inspector
  • Registered installer schemes
  • ODPM Building Regulations Division or the Welsh Assembly Government
  • Relevant publications listed below
  • The Planning Portal

 

LOCAL AUTHORITY


Your local authority Building Control Department will be pleased to give you information and advice. They will have copies of the Building Act 1984, the Building Regulations 2000 and amendments, and the accompanying Approved Documents (listed below) which give additional guidance, and may be able to let you see these for reference purposes at their offices. Alternatively, your local reference library may hold copies or be able to give you access via the ODPM website.

 

APPROVED INSPECTORS

Approved inspectors can also provide information and advice on the Building Regulations and Approved Documents. A list of approved inspectors can be obtained from the Construction Industry Council (CIC), 26 Store Street, London WC1E 7BT. (Tel: 020 7399 7418 or 7400; Fax: 020 7399 7425; e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ; www.cic.org.uk).

 

SCHEMES OF REGISTERED INSTALLERS


Fenestration Self-Assessment Scheme
Fensa Ltd, 44-48 Borough High Street, London SE1 1XB
(Tel: 0870 780 2028; Fax: 020 7407 8307; www.fensa.co.uk)


Oil Firing Registration Scheme
OFTEC, Foxwood House, Dobbs Lane, Kesgrave, Ipswich IP5 2QQ
(Tel: 0845 6585 080; Fax: 0845 6585 181; www.oftec.org)


Registration Scheme for Companies and Engineers involved in
the Installation and Maintenance of Domestic Solid Fuel
Fired Equipment
HETAS Ltd, 12 Kestrel Walk, Letchworth,
Hertfordshire SG6 2TB
(Tel: 01462 634721; Fax: 01462 674329; www.hetas.co.uk)


The Council for Registered Gas Installers (CORGI)
1 Elmwood, Chineham Park, Crockford Lane, Basingstoke,
Hampshire RG24 8WG
(Tel: 01256 372200; Fax: 01256 708144; www.corgi-gas-safety.com)

 

 

Authorised competent person self-certification schemes for installers who can do all electrical installation work

BRE Certification Ltd
Bucknalls Lane, Garston,Watford, Herts WD25 9XX.
(Tel: 0870 609 6093; www.partp.co.uk)


British Standards Institution
Maylands Avenue, Hemel Hempstead, Herts HP2 4SQ
(Tel: 01442 230442; www.bsi-global.com/kitemark)


ELECSA Ltd
44-48 Borough High Street, London SE1 1XB
(Tel: 0870 749 0080; www.elecsa.org.uk)


NAPIT Certification Ltd
The Gardeners Lodge, Pleasey Vale Business Park, Mansfield,
Notts NG19 8RL
(Tel: 0870 444 1392; www.napit.org.uk)


NICEIC Certification Services Ltd
Warwick House, Houghton Hall Park, Houghton Regis,
Dunstable, Beds LU5 5ZX
(Tel: 0800 013 0900; www.niceic.org.uk)

 

Authorised competent person self-certification schemes for installers who can do electrical installation work only if it is necessary when they are carrying out other work

CORGI (see page 55 for details)
ELECSA Ltd (see above for details)
NAPIT Certification Ltd (see above for details)
NICEIC Certification Services Ltd (see above for details)
OFTEC (see page 55 for details)

 

 

ODPM BUILDING REGULATIONS DIVISION AND THE WELSH ASSEMBLY GOVERNMENT

Office of the Deputy Prime Minister
Buildings Division
18/B Portland House
Stag Place
LONDON SW1E 5LP
Tel: 020 7944 5742
E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Website: www.odpm.gov.uk/building-regulations


The Welsh Assembly Government
Construction & Domestic Energy Branch
Housing Directorate
Crown Buildings, Cathays Park
CARDIFF CF10 3NQ
Tel: 029 2082 6922
E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Website: www.wales.gov.uk

 

RELEVANT PUBLICATIONS

 

Building Act 1984 (as amended)
Sustainable and Secure Buildings Act 2004
The Building Regulations 2000 (as amended)
The Building (Approved Inspectors etc.) Regulations 2000
(as amended)
The Building (Local Authority Charges) Regulations 1998
The Party Wall etc. Act 1996

Approved Documents
Copies of the Approved Documents are available for sale from The Stationery Office (TSO) (Tel: 0870 600 5522;Website: www.tso.co.uk). They can also be viewed on the ODPM website noted above.

  • Approved Document A – Structure: 2004 Edition. Published by TSO, 2004. ISBN 0-11-753909-0. £11
  • Approved Document B – Fire Safety: 2000 Edition. Published by TSO, 2004. ISBN 0-11-753911-2. £13
  • Approved Document C – Site preparation and resistanceto contaminants and moisture: 2004 Edition.Published by TSO, 2004. ISBN 0-11-753913-9. £11
  • Approved Document D – Toxic Substances: amended 1992, ninth impression. Published by TSO, 1999. ISBN 0-11-751821-2. £1.85
  • Approved Document E – Resistance to the passage of sound: 2003 Edition. Published by TSO, 2002. ISBN 0-11-753642-3. £14
  • Amendments 2004 to Approved Document E – Resistance to the passage of sound: Published by TSO, 2004. ISBN 0-11-753915-5. £6.50
  • Approved Document F – Ventilation: 1995 Edition, amended 2000, seventh impression. Published by TSO, 2003. ISBN 0-11-752932-x. £6
  • Approved Document G – Hygiene: 1992 Edition, second impression (with amendments) 1992, further amended 2000. Published by TSO, 2003. ISBN 0-11-752443-3. £5
  • Approved Document H – Drainage and waste disposal: 2002 Edition.Published by TSO, 2001. ISBN 0-11-753607-5. £12
  • Approved Document J – Combustion appliances and fuel storage systems: 2002 Edition. Published by TSO, 2001. ISBN 0-11-753494-3. £12
  • Approved Document K – Protection from falling, collision and impact: 1998 Edition. Published by TSO, 1997. ISBN 0-11-753390-4. £5.99
  • Approved Document L1 – Conservation of fuel and power in dwellings: 2002 Edition, third impression 2003 with revisions. Published by TSO, 2003. ISBN 0-11-753609-1. £12
  • Approved Document L2 – Conservation of fuel and power in buildings other than dwellings: 2002 Edition, second impression. Published by TSO, 2002. ISBN 0-11-753610-5. £15
  • Approved Document M – Access to and use of buildings: 2004 Edition. Published by TSO, 2003. ISBN 0-11-753901-5. £12
  • Approved Document N – Glazing – safety in relation to impact, opening and cleaning: 1998 Edition, amended 2000, seventh impression. Published by TSO, 2003. ISBN 0-11-753389-0. £6
  • Approved Document P – Electrical safety: Published by TSO, 2004. ISBN 0-11-753917-1. £15
  • Approved Document to support regulation 7 – materials and workmanship: 1999 Edition, amended 2000, fifth impression. Published by TSO, 2002. ISBN 0-11-753482-X. £4.95
  • Amendments 2000 to the Approved Documents:Published by TSO, 2002. ISBN 0-11-753560-5. £ free

 

Other Priced Publications (available from TSO)

 

  • Accessible thresholds in new housing: Guidance for house builders and designers. TSO March 1999. ISBN 0-11-702333-7. £8
  • Approved Document J: 2002 Edition: Guidance and Supplementary Information on the UK Implementation of European Standards for Chimneys and Flues. TSO October 2004. ISBN 0-11-753919-8. £11
  • Building Regulations and Fire Safety – Procedural Guidance. TSO February 2001. ISBN 0-11-753596-6. £6
  • Manual to the Building Regulations. Third Edition 2001. TSO December 2001. ISBN 0-11-753623-7. £17
  • BS 5440: Part 1 2000. Installation and maintenance of flues and ventilation for gas appliances of rated input not exceeding 70 kW net (1st, 2nd and 3rd family gases). Specification for installation and maintenance of flues. December 2000. ISBN 0-580-33229-2. £134
  • BS 5440: Part 2 2000. Installation and maintenance of flues and ventilation for gas appliances of rated input not exceeding 70 kW net (1st, 2nd and 3rd family gases). Specification for installation and maintenance of ventilation for gas appliances. December 2000. ISBN 0-580-33098-2. £86
  • BS 5440: Part 2 2000.Amendment No 14912. July 2004.
  • BS 7671: 2001: Requirements for Electrical Installations: IEE Wiring Regulations – Sixteenth Edition – incorporating Amendments No 1: 2002 and No 2: 2004. IEE 2004. ISBN 0-86341-373-0. £49
  • Safety in the installation and use of gas systems and appliances. HSE November 1998. ISBN 0-717-61635-5. £10.95 (Also available from HSE books – see page 58)