Building control guidance notes
- Building control application forms list
planning and building application information
- Chimney heights for solid fuel appliances
Tables to determine chimney height for solid fuel appliances, depending on the degree of roof pitch.
- Chimney sizes
The height masonry chimneys should not exceed above the roof structure depends on the density of the masonry used for the chimneys.
- Contractors - how to choose a reputable one
For information you need to find out before employing a contractor, see how to choose a reputable contractor.
- Demolition guidance
Building control guidance on demolitions, Building Act 1984, sections 80-83: any work must have the permission of the local authority.
- Domestic electrical installations
Building control domestic electrical installations from January 2005 are now covered by building regulations.
- Drainage and waste disposal
For guidance on the main changes to the building regulations relating to the drainage and waste disposal.
- Electrical safety in dwellings
The building regulation for electrical safety in dwellings is set out in 'Electrical safety: Approved Document P.
- Emergency egress windows
The requirement for means of escape from dwellings was amended to improve means of escape from all new dwellings and extensions in July 2000.
- Emergency lighting - British standard code of compliance
For residential buildings, shops, places of assembly, shopping complexes and defined escape routes see code of practice for emergency lighting.
- Fire safety: Approved Document B
Building regulation in England covering fire safety matters within and around buildings, Approved Document B edition volumes 1 and 2.
- Garage conversion to habitable room
The conversion of a garage into a living space is treated as a change of use of a building.
- Home builder's consumer code website
The Consumer Code for Homebuilders was developed to make the home buying process fairer and more transparent for purchasers.
- Home extension guide e-book
Home extension guide e-book covers domestic extensions, loft and domestic cellar conversions, other alterations, radon, mining, selling and saving money.
- Insulation for your home
Approximately 35 per cent of the heat lost from your home escapes through the walls. Installing insulation in cavity walls and in the loft reduces heat loss.
- Lateral support by floors
Walls should be strapped to floors above ground level at not more than 2.0 metre centres using galvanised mild steel, or other durable metal straps.
- Loft conversions
Loft conversions advice on fire safety, thermal insulation, condensation, stairs and sound insulation.
- Microgeneration of electricity
Building regulations apply to the technology used for the microgeneration of electricity, heat or cooling. A competent person should carry out any installation.
- Movement joints
Movement joints are designed to cope with expansion due to heat, vibration, ground settlement or earthquakes.
- Notches and holes
Location of notches and holes in simply supported floor and roof joints.
- Parapet walls
The minimum thickness and maximum height of parapet walls.
- Percolation test
Percolation tests should not be carried out during abnormal weather conditions, such as heavy rain, severe frost or drought.
- Pitched roof timber sizes
Timber sizes and construction details for pitched and rafter roofs.
- Plans produced for building regulations
Plans produced for building regulations are the copyright of the author. You do not have a right to view them.
- Prevention of cold bridges
A cold bridge is an area in a building where a gap occurs in the insulation.
- Rainwater soakaway design guidance
Rainwater soakaway design guidance for disposal of surface water from buildings.
- Re-covering pitched roofs
Only a member of the National Federation of Roofing Contractors can re-cover a pitched roof without a building regulation application.
Re-roofing work, including replacement of flat roofs, needs building regulations approval.
- Regulatory reform (fire safety) order 2005
Details of the regulatory reform (fire safety) order 2005.
- Replacement windows
Replacement windows must be fitted by a FENSA registered contractor,or be approved by building control.
- Roof ventilation
For diagrams of roof void ventilation in a at roof, lean-to roof, pitched and pitched roof where the ceiling follows the line of the pitch.
- Safety glazing
For details of building regulation protection for glazing materials, reducing risks, permanent screens and requirement for annealed glass, see safety glazing.
- SAP calculations explained
A Standard Assessment Procedure (SAP) rating is needed in order to produce a predicted energy assessment and an on construction energy performance certificate.
- Smoke alarms
Smoke alarm sizes, types and positions in homes on one and two levels and information on the installation and maintenance of smoke alarms.
- Soakaway design BRE digest 365
BRE Digest 365 - Soakaways have been the traditional way to dispose of stormwater from buildings and paved areas remote from a public sewer or watercourse.
- Sound resistance
Meeting the requirements of Approved Document E means that certain buildings provide a reasonable resistance to sound from other parts of the same building.
- Straps spacing at gables
Straps provide most of the lateral stability to the gable wall and are nearly always required. The diagram shows the correct spacing of straps at gables.
- Thermal requirements revised
Thermal requirements were revised in 2014.
- Timber trimmers
Timber trimmers, beams and joists sizes and details for trimming around openings.
- Wall chases
Wall chases depths and position.
- Water efficiency calculator for new dwellings
This calculator uses the Government's national calculation methodology for assessing water efficiency in new dwellings.