The Built Environment

Building Regulations

Building regulations in the United Kingdom are statutory instruments or statutory regulations that seek to ensure that the policies set out in the relevant legislation are carried out.


They help ensure that new buildings, conversions, renovations and extensions (domestic or commercial) are safe, healthy and high-performing.


Building regulations approval is required for most building work in the UK.




Detailed regulations cover specific topics including structural integrity, fire protection, accessibility, energy performance, acoustic performance, protection against falls, and electrical and gas safety.


They also lay standards for drains, ventilation, protection against the ingress of water and protection against contamination including methane and radon gas.




Building Regulations and CO

Across the UK there are different carbon monoxide Building Regulations, with England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland all drawing from different documents and requiring different levels of protection.

Click here to read an overview of how each country regulates CO alarms.