Important building regulations

Government guidelines and building regulations.


  1. Overview
  2. Building safety regulators
  3. Local Authority Building Control (LABC)
  4. Building work exemptions
  5. The Party Wall Act
  6. Unauthorised works


The building regulations set the minimum acceptable standards for construction work.

The legislation, regulations and associated approved documents (which give guidance on compliance) can be accessed free of charge:

For more infomation on building regulations, see government building regulations.

Building safety regulator

The building control profession is regulated by the building safety regulator who sits within the HSE (Health and Safety Executive). An overview of the regulators role and the rules and standards for building control providers can be found on the HSE website.

Local Authority Building Control (LABC)

LABC have guidance on home improvement projects and the building regulations implications.

For home owners and builders, visit LABC Front Door.

For commercial projects, visit LABC Professionals.

Building work exemptions

For information on exempt building work, see LABC building control exemptions.

The Party Wall Act

The Party Wall Act is civil legislation not enforced by the Council. For advice and guidance, see Building close to neighbours and the Party Wall Act 1996.

Unauthorised works

Report unauthorised development