The Building Regulations

  1. Building work

    Building work

    Regulation 3 of the Building Regulations defines ‘building work’. Building work includes: a. the erection or extension of a building b. the provision or extension of a controlled service or fitting c. the material alteration of a building or a controlled service or fitting. Regulation 4 states that building work should be carried out in such a way that, when work is complete: a. for new buildings or work on a building that complied with the applicable requirements of the Building Regulations: the building complies with the applicable requirements of the Building Regulations b. for work on an existing building that did not comply with the applicable requirements of the Building Regulations: (i) the work itself must comply with the applicable requirements of the Building Regulations (ii) the building must be no more unsatisfactory in relation to the requirements than before the work was carried out. Material change of use Regulation 5 defines a ‘material change of use’ in which a building or part of a building that was previously used for one purpose will be used for another. The Building Regulations set out requirements that must be met before a building can be used for a new purpose. To meet the requirements, the building may need to be upgraded in some way. Materials and workmanship In accordance with regulation 7, building work must be carried out in a workmanlike manner using adequate and proper materials. Guidance on materials and workmanship is given in Approved Document 7. Energy efficiency requirements Part 6 of the Building Regulations imposes additional specific requirements for energy efficiency. If a building is extended or renovated, the energy efficiency of the existing building or part of it may need to be upgraded. Notification of work Most building work and material changes of use must be notified to a building control body unless one of the following applies. a. It is work that will be self-certified by a registered competent person or certified by a registered third party. b. It is work exempted from the need to notify by regulation 12(6A) of, or Schedule 4 to, the Building Regulations. Responsibility for compliance People who are responsible for building work (e.g. agent, designer, builder or installer) must ensure that the work complies with all applicable requirements of the Building Regulations. The building owner may also be responsible for ensuring that work complies with the Building Regulations. If building work does not comply with the Building Regulations, the building owner may be served with an enforcement notice.

    • Diagram 1.1 Measuring rise and going Part K Diagram 1.1 Measuring rise and going Part K (Risers and Goings)
    • [caption id="attachment_8489" align="alignnone" width="935"]Diagram 1.2 Examples of suitable tread profiles Diagram 1.2 Examples of suitable tread profiles Part K

    • Diagram 1.3 Minimum headroom Part K Diagram 1.3 Minimum headroom Part K
    • Diagram 1.4 reduced headroom for loft conversions Part K Diagram 1.4 reduced headroom for loft conversions Part K
    • Diagram 1.5 dividing flights Part K Diagram 1.5 dividing flights Part K
    • Diagram 1.6 Change of direction in flights Part K Diagram 1.6 Change of direction in flights Part K
    • Diagram 1.7 Cupboard onto landing Part K Diagram 1.7 Cupboard onto landing Part K
    • Diagram 1.8 Landings next to doors in dwellings Part K Diagram 1.8 Landings next to doors in dwellings Part K
    • Diagram 1.9 Measuring tapered treads Part K Diagram 1.9 Measuring tapered treads Part K
    • Diagram 1.10 Alternating tread stair Part K Diagram 1.10 Alternating tread stair Part K
    • Diagram 1.11 Key dimensions for handrails for common stairs in blocks of flats Part K Diagram 1.11 Key dimensions for handrails for common stairs in blocks of flats Part K
    • Diagram 1.12 Key dimensions for handrails for stairs in buildings other than dwellings Part K Diagram 1.12 Key dimensions for handrails for stairs in buildings other than dwellings Part K
    • Diagram 1.13 Handrail design Part K Diagram 1.13 Handrail design Part K
    • Diagram 2.1 Relationship of ramp gradient to the going of a flight Part K Diagram 2.1 Relationship of ramp gradient to the going of a flight Part K
    • Diagram 2.2 ramp design Part K Diagram 2.2 ramp design Part K
    • Diagram 3.1 Guarding design Diagram 3.1 Guarding design
    • Diagram 3.2 Typical Locations for guarding Part K Diagram 3.2 Typical Locations for guarding Part K
    • Diagram 4.1 Barrier siting Part K Diagram 4.1 Barrier siting Part K
    • Diagram 4.2 barrier design Part K Diagram 4.2 barrier design Part K
    • Diagram 4.3 Loading bay Part K Diagram 4.3 Loading bay Part K
    • Diagram 5.1 Critical glazing locations in internal and external walls Part K Diagram 5.1 Critical glazing locations in internal and external walls Part K
    • Diagram 5.2 Annealed glass thickness and dimension limits Diagram 5.2 Annealed glass thickness and dimension limits Part K
    • Diagram 5.4 Permanent screen protection Part K Diagram 5.4 Permanent screen protection Part K
    • Diagram 6.1 Marking by a barrier Part K Diagram 6.1 Marking by a barrier Part K
    • Diagram 6.2 Marking by a surface Part K Diagram 6.2 Marking by a surface Part K
    • Diagram 7.1 Examples of door height glazing not warranting manifestation Part K Diagram 7.1 Examples of door height glazing not warranting manifestation Part K
    • [caption id="attachment_8468" align="alignnone" width="933"]Diagram 7.2 Height of manifestation for glass doors and glazed screens Part K Diagram 7.2 Height of manifestation for glass doors and glazed screens Part K[/caption]

    • Diagram 8.1 Height of controls Part K Diagram 8.1 Height of controls Part K
    • Diagram 9.1 Safe reaches for cleaning Part K Diagram 9.1 Safe reaches for cleaning Part K
    • Diagram 9.2 Ladders a maximum of 6m long Part K Diagram 9.2 Ladders a maximum of 6m long Part K
    • Diagram 9.3 Ladders a maximum of 9m long Diagram 9.3 Ladders a maximum of 9m long
    • Diagram 10.1 Visibility requirements of doors Part K Diagram 10.1 Visibility requirements of doors Part K
    • Diagram 10.2 Avoiding doors on acces routes Part K Diagram 10.2 Avoiding doors on access routes Part K
    • Table 1.1 Rise and Going Part K Table 1.1 Rise and Going Part K risers and goings