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Building control guidance and information

Construction is becoming increasingly technical and our aim is to assist designers, contractors and building owners negotiate the legal and technical requirements of the construction process. This area contains regulations, guidance notes and other technical resources on Building Regulations and related matters. The information is grouped into sections, and can be accessed by clicking on the headings below. The sections contain the following information:

Building Regulations and Technical Guidance


An explanation of the Building Regulations 2010 and how they are applied. The regulations are supported by ‘Approved Documents’ which give detailed technical construction guidance on specific subjects such as structures, fire safety, drainage etc. The Approved Documents can be accessed from this area, along with associated guidance documents and links to external resources. 

Choosing Your Builder

The success of any project will depend on using the right people in the construction team, guidance on choosing your builder is contained in this section.

Domestic Projects Information

Read our general guides on extending or renovating your home, and guidance on the Party Wall Act which may affect your project.

Dangerous Structures

One of our additional functions is to protect the public from dangerous structures. If you have concerns about or wish to report a dangerous structure, please access this section.


There are statutory requirements for notification of demolition projects, details are contained in this section.

Further information

Futher information is also available through the Ask a Question area of this website by typing Building Control in the 'search for' box at the top of the page.

If you are having construction or refurbishment work done, you may need to notify the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and you may have other duties as well. More information is available on the  HSE website.

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