What are Building Controls?

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Building controls in the UK are a set of regulations that govern the design and construction of buildings to ensure they are safe, energy-efficient, and sustainable. These controls were brought in back in the 1960s to address serious safety and health issues associated with Britain’s dilapidated housing stock and since then, they have been updated on a regular basis to reflect changes in technology, environmental concerns, and social and community needs.

Building Control is a legal requirement that must be obtained before carrying out work that involves the erection, extension or alteration of a building. The process ensures that building work is carried out in compliance with the building regulations and associated legislation.

Building Regulations are NOT the same as Planning Permission. Planning rules determine whether you are allowed to go ahead with a building project. Building Regulations set standards for the design and construction of buildings to ensure the safety and health for people in or about those buildings.

How are they enforced?

Builders in the UK must adhere to building controls to ensure their projects meet certain standards as set out by the government. This includes everything from the structural integrity of the building to its energy efficiency, insulation, ventilation, and accessible design and these regulations are enforced by local authorities and building control bodies, who carry out inspections at various stages of the build process to ensure compliance.


The benefits of building controls are many, not just for builders but also for homeowners. First and foremost, building controls ensure the safety of buildings and those who live or work inside them and they also promote energy efficiency, which can help to reduce energy bills and greenhouse gas emissions. Additionally, they support sustainable construction practices by encouraging the use of renewable materials and technologies, which can further reduce a building’s carbon footprint.

Moreover, building controls can also improve the quality of life for occupants. For example, they require adequate ventilation and lighting, which can help to prevent issues such as dampness, mould, and poor air quality that can impact health and wellbeing. Similarly, they promote accessible design, making buildings more inclusive and accommodating for people with disabilities and older people.

In conclusion, building controls in the UK are an essential part of ensuring safe, sustainable, and comfortable homes and buildings. They provide a framework for builders to follow to ensure their buildings meet certain standards and promote energy efficiency, sustainable design, and accessibility.

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