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Technical guidance

Our technical guidance notes are intended for use by construction industry professionals. The information they contain relates to many aspects of the Building Regulations that non-professionals may also find useful.

Making your home more energy efficient will cut costs and make it a warmer, more comfortable place to live in the cold winter months. You'll cut your carbon emissions and do your bit for the environment too. 

Advice for professionals on the areas of building work which require Building Regulations approval

Find the most recent versions of the approved documents that support the technical Parts of the Building Regulations, together with Regulation 7.

If you are carrying out building work, or employing someone else to do it, you may need to notify the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

Loft conversions - advice and technical details on the aspects you will need to consider

All electrical work in dwellings needs to follow the electrical safety regulations set out in building regulation.

Building warranty insurance providers will fix fundamental problems with your house, such as cracked walls, damp and drains.

Asbestos is a hazardous waste substance and must only be moved or disposed of under strict health and safety rules.

In the case of immediate danger the council has powers to take action to ensure public safety.

If you plan to demolish a building or part of a building, you must let us know.

Customer testimonials

'You made the whole process straightforward and easy. Thank you!'  

'Excellent. Paul Stevens went out of his way to assist and make himself available for consultations.'  

'I was so impressed by the efficiency and friendliness of the building control department. Calls were answered quickly and often a same day visit arranged.'  

'Very efficient, helpful, flexible and constructive. Thank you.'

'You offered a very prompt call-out to inspect and advise, friendly and professional disposition and I felt general confidence in your surveyor's advice and opinion.'

'Please accept my sincerest thanks for everything. You have always been a pleasure to work with.'  

'Mr Stevens was the calm voice that gave me reassurance when I needed it.'

'All the staff I spoke to were very helpful and well-informed, and the building inspector made all her visits to my builder's schedule, with next to no delays.'

'It was so useful to get construction advice. I felt that this was not just a tick box exercise, and was actually contributing to a better final job.'

'The whole process was excellent. Please pass our thanks to Julian Humphrey, who was most helpful.'