Building regulations are statutory instruments that seek to ensure that the policies set out in the relevant legislation are carried out. Building regulations approval is required for most building work in the UK. Building regulations that apply across England and Wales are set out in the Building Act 1984 while those that apply across Scotland are set out in the Building (Scotland) Act 2003.
The UK Government is responsible for the relevant legislation and administration in England, the Welsh Government is the responsible body in Wales, the Scottish Government is responsible for the issue in Scotland, and the Northern Ireland Executive has responsibility within its jurisdiction.
In Scotland, updates to the Scottish Technical Handbooks (domestic and non-domestic) have been published and came into force on 1 July 2017. A number of changes have been made:
- Section 0 General: The introduction of a new building type for detached single-storey buildings used as shelters or sleeping in connection with recreation. This is building type 23A in schedule 3 of Regulations 5 and 9.
- Section 2 Fire: Independent certification and accreditation schemes
- Section 5 Noise: The inclusion of Robust Details Scotland
Guidance to the changes can be downloaded from the publications link opposite.
Welsh Building Regulations
Amendments have been made to the Welsh Building Regulations and to the Building (Approved Inspectors Etc.) Regulations under Statutory Instrument 2016/611 (W.168) which came into force on 17 June 2016. These cover:
- Clarification of the application of the approved calculation methodology for the energy performance of buildings.
- The revocation of authorisation for one competent person self-certification scheme: the removal of persons registered with BSI Assurance UK Limited.
- Amendments to approved documents L1A, L1B, L2A and L2B: There are changes to some 45 clauses as listed in Annexes A and B of the Circular No. WGC 005/2016 dated 14 June 2016 which are available in the publications section opposite.