What's new in Building Control

New Building Control Charges

New charges came into operation on 1st October 2010 under the Building (Local Authority Charges) Regulations 2010. Details are available by following the link below.

Building Control Charges

Amendments to the Approved Documents come into force on the 6th April 2013, these can be found by clicking on the link below.

Approved Documents

Customer Focus Group

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Building Regulation Changes - 6 April 2013

Regulation 7 - AD Materials & Workmanship

• CE Marketing main source of information on performance of construction products from July 2013
• Regulation 7 applies across all parts of B Reg's
• Updated text on materials highlighting impact of Construction Products Reg's 2011

Part A (Structure) - no changes

Part B - Fire Safety - dwellings vol 1

• Updated BS EN 14606 for smoke alarms

Part B - Fire Safety - buildings other than dwellings vol 2

• Revised guidance relating to decorative wall coverings - new table 10
• more flexible guidance on materials for small lighting diffusers and roof lights - new table 11 - dimensional relationships between diffusers .

Part C - Site preparation etc - no change
Part D - Toxic substances - no change
Part E - Sound insulation - no change
Part F - Ventilation - no change
Part G - Sanitation, hot water supply, water efficiency - no change
Part H - Drainage etc - no change
Part J - Combustion appliances etc - no change

Part K - Protection from falling, collision & impact

• Guidance incorporating parts K & N with overlapping guidance in part M.
• Limited technical changes
• Contrast strips (nosings etc) minimum dimension 55mm (not dwellings)
• Avoid nosings that protrude over tread below (not dwellings)
• Pedestrian guarding for 300mm height difference (not dwellings)
• Private stair - minimum rise 150, maximum go 300mm
• Other stair (now utility) - max rise 170, max go 400mm
• Institutional/assembly stair (now general access) - max rise 170, max go 400mm
• Width min 1200 (1000 between hand rails) in other buildings, 900 to dwellings at entrance level changes in level.
• Gangways in assembly buildings - seats are not to project into gangway (to be aligned), vomitory side exits, uniform steps within seating areas min 100mm rise, max 190 rise.
• maximum 40 consecutive steps if pitch over 25°

Part L - Conservation of fuel and power

• Expected October 2013 (maybe April 2014?)
• New homes - exploring "uplift" of targets to progress towards zero carbon
• New non - domestic buildings - exploring "uplift" for target for different building types.

Part M - Access

• Re ordering of regulation numbers
• Guidance clarified on access strategies (no longer statements)
• Equalities Act 2010 - AD updated to reflect relationship with AD.
• Door opening forces increased
• References to changing places toilets introduced
• Elements moved to AD K
• Guidance on contrast levels for door furniture
• Wider choice of handrail profiles (32-50mm circular, 39-50 non- circular)

Part N - Withdrawn

Part P - Electrical safety in dwellings

• Significant concerns about costs imposed by compliance
• Reduced scope of "notifiable" work

 Installation of a new circuit
 Replacement consumer unit
 Addition/ alteration to circuits in "special" location (bath or shower room etc)

• Self - certification by competent persons (October 2013 revised process)


Building Regulation Changes - October 2015

Part M Vol 1

Regulations regarding visitable dwellings largely unchanged M4 (1)

New requirements and categories for Accessible and Adaptable dwellings M4 (2)

Wheelchair user dwellings M4 (3)

Categories 2 & 3 have requirements that are generated by conditions imposed on Planning applications where these types of dwellings are identified for inclusion on new sites.

Part Q

This deals with security of dwellings and unauthorised access. The Approved Documents deals with doors and windows to dwellings ensuring that they are robust and secure where unauthorised entry could be an issue.

Last updated: 19/07/2017 15:07:14