Planning, building and the environment

Approved Documents and Building Regulations publications

Practical guidance on ways to comply with the functional requirements in the Building Regulations is outlined in a series of 'Approved Documents' published by the Department for Communities and Local Government.

Each document contains:

  • general guidance on the performance expected of materials and building work in order to comply with each of the requirements of the Building Regulations; and
  • practical examples and solutions on how to achieve compliance for some of the more common building situations.

All of the latest 'Approved Documents' can be downloaded free on the Planning Portal at:

Certain technical documents and second tier guidance documents can also be found on the Planning Portal under the related Approved Documents.

Each year, the Department commissions a number of research projects to underpin the development and maintenance of the Building Regulations. Publications related to these research projects can be found on the Buildings Regulations Research web page.

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