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The Approved Documents

The government publishes Building Regulations Approved Documents  which are constantly reviewed and provide practical guidance on ways to comply with the Building Regulations - from expected performance levels of materials and workmanship to practical examples and solutions.

These Approved Documents are separated into 14 parts:

  • Part A - Structural safety
  • Part B - Fire safety
  • Part C – Resistance to contaminants and moisture
  • Part D - Toxic substances
  • Part E – Resistance to sound
  • Part F - Ventilation
  • Part G – Sanitation, hot water safety and water efficiency
  • Part H - Drainage and waste disposal
  • Part J – Heat producing appliances
  • Part K – Protection from falling
  • Part L - Conservation of fuel and power
  • Part M - Access to and use of buildings
  • Part N – Glazing safety
  • Part P - Electrical safety
  • Part Q - Security in dwellings
  • Part R - Physical infrastructure for high speed electronic communications networks

The Approved Documents are not the only means of meeting these requirements. Other ways can include using the guidance published by the British Standards Institute and the Building Research Establishment and Approved Doc Q among others.