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Building (and Associated) Regulation Updates

Labc LogoThis page gives an indication of dates and a brief description of known, new or amended legislation relevant to Building Control.

Please note this list is not definitive but will be kept up to date as far as practicably possible.

Updates for 2014

1st October 2014

  • HETAS Limited authorisation revoked in respect of oil-fired combustion appliances, oil storage tanks and the pipes connecting them to combustion appliances.
  • BSI Assurance UK Limited authorisation revoked in respect of third party certification of electrical installations in dwellings.

6th April 2014

DCLG has announced changes to Part L of The Building Regulations that come into effect from the 6th April 2014, the following documents have been published and can be downloaded for free from the Planning Portal:

30th July 2013

The Government has announced the proposed changes to Approved Document L coming into force on 6th April 2014, "the next step towards zero carbon", including rules that new homes must be six percent more efficient.

Homebuilders will continue to have flexibility in meeting carbon dioxide targets but the changes emphasis that the quality of the building fabric must be a priority.

Non-domestic buildings will have to deliver a nine percent improvement compared to the 2010 standard.

Plans to strengthen the minimum energy efficiency standards for extensions and replacement windows to existing homes appear to have been dropped.

Updates for 2013

1st October 2013

Amendment pages for approved Documents A and C have been issued, these amendments come into force on 1st October 2013. the main changes are;

Approved Document A

  • References to British Standards,
  • Guidance of disproportionate collapse,
  • Wind maps, and
  • Guidance on strip footings.

Approved Document C

  • Guidance on radon protective measures,
  • References to British Standard design standards, and
  • Contaminated land reference and Annex A removed.

3rd June 2013

Amendment to Regulation 11 of the Building Regulations 2010, make it clear that requirements relating to the engergy performance of buildings can neither be relaxed or dispensed with.

Amendment Regulations authorise two new Competent Person Scheme operators and extend the scope of an existing Competent Person Scheme.

6th April 2013

Changes announced to come into force on 6th April 2013 include:

  • Part P: Reduction in notifiable work but retaining a duty for non-notifiable work to comply with safety provisions of the regulations which have been updated. Regulations to allow third party certification of electrical work will not be introduced until later next year,

  • Part B: Guidance updated in relation to lighting diffusers in line with the consultation together with changes to classification of wall coverings to align with European classifications.

  • Parts M, K and N: Changes to address areas of conflict and overlap to be reflected in a new Approved Document to Part K with amendment slips for M and N. Improved guidance on the use of access statements to promote a more proportionate risk-based approach.

  • Warranty Link Rule: Now removed

  • Regulation 7: A new Approved Document will be published shortly to update information on materials and workmanship in line with the European Construction Products Regulations to be implemented on 1st July 2013.

  • Fire Safety – Leicestershire Act 1985: regulations to repeal unnecessary fire provisions in local acts will be made shortly.

9th January 2013

The Energy Performance of Buildings (Certificates and Inspections)(Amendment) Regulations 2012 come into force.

Amendment to Regulation 10 of The Building Regulations will make it compulsory for Local Authorities to give a Completion Certificate where they are satisfied, after taking all reasonable steps, that completed building work complies with the relevant provisions listed in new regulations 17(2A).

Updates for 2012

19th December 2012

New Regulations were made on the 17th December 2012 and Approved by Parliament on the 19th December 2012. These include:

  • The Building Regulations (Amendment) Regulations 2012,
  • The Building (Repeal of Provisions of Local Acts) Regulations 2012,
  • The Building Regulations 2010,
  • The Building (Local Authority Charges) Regulations 2010,
  • The Leicestershire Act 1985, and
  • The Energy Performance of Buildings (Certificates and Inspections)(Amendment) Regulations 2012.

31st January 2012

The Building Regulations and Standards Division within the DCLG have issued a major Building Regulations consultation, with regard to changes to:

  • Approved Document A (2015),
  • Approved Document B v.2 (October 2012, April 2013 and October 2013),
  • Approved Document C (April 2013 and October 2013),
  • Approved Documents K, M and N (April 2013 and October 2013),
  • Approved Documents L1A, L1B, L2A (October 2013),
  • Approved Document L2B (October 2013 and April 2014),
  • Approved Document P (April 2013 and October 2013),
  • Regulation 7 (April 2013 and October 2013), and
  • Changes to the Building Control system (April 2013).

The consultation predominantly comprises of four sections, further information and a copy of the document Easier to read Summary - 2012 Consultation on changes to the Building Regulations in England can be viewed on The Department of Communities and Local Government website.

Updates for 2011

1st October 2011

The government has approved legislation (The Water Industry (Schemes for Adoption of Private Sewers) Regulations 2011) that from the 1st October 2011, transfers the ownership of all privately owned shared drains to the relevant water authority, which from then on will become 'public sewers'. The relevant water authority for the borough of Oadby and Wigston is Severn Trent Water Limited.

The private sewers and lateral drains legislation does not amend the drainage legislation within the Building Regulations and to date, local authorities have received no guidance from the government on how this will impact on the requirements of the Building Regulations. It is however assumed that there will be joint responsibility between the local authority and the water authority to approve new drainage systems.

Private pumping stations which form part of the drainage arrangements and which are on pipework that transfers on 1st October will transfer later. Such pumping stations will transfer between 1st October 2011 and 1st October 2016, with all pumping stations that have not been transferred before then transferring on 1st October 2016.

Water companies should already have contacted all bill payers in their areas to explain the changes. For further information on the transfer of your drains to the water authority and any impact this may have on proposals to extend your property, please contact either:

Severn Trent Water Limited, telephone: 08456 016 616 or
Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), telephone: 08459 335 577.

15th July 2011

The definition of 'renovation' in regulation 2(1) of the Building Regulations 2010 has been amended. This means that from the coming into force date of these Regulations the repair of a flat roof by the addition of a layer to the existing layers of over 25 percent of the area will not require an upgrade to the thermal properties. As such a repair will no longer fall within the definition of 'building work' in regulation 3(1) of the Building Regulations it will not be notifiable building work. Please note that this change does not affect the current position in relation to pitched roofs or where flat roofs are altered by the removal and replacement of a layer or layers.

Competent Persons Schemes (CPS), the DCLG are to extend the areas of work for which some existing schemes are authorised to do, and introduce a new category of work covered by Competent Person Schemes. The new type of work means that replacement of a window, roof light, roof window or door can be carried out now in existing buildings which are not dwellings. However, there are some exceptions to this. These are any glass which is load bearing, structural glass, display windows, glazed curtain walling and revolving glass doors. Full details can be seen in the amendments made in Schedule 3 to the 2010 Building Regulations by the Building (Amendment) Regulations.

4th January 2011

The first inspection of all remaining air conditioning systems over 12 kilowatts must have occurred by this date. A system that was fitted on or after 1 January 2008 must have a first inspection within five years of it first being put into service.

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