Last edited 27 Aug 2013

Statutory obligations

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Statutory obligations are those obligations that do not arise out of a contract, but are imposed by law.

The statutory obligations applicable to the design, construction and operation of buildings are extensive and complicated, and they will depend on the specific nature of the proposed development. It is very important that contracts and appointment documents make it clear whose responsibility it is to satisfy statutory obligations and who is bearing the risk of failure to satisfy a statutory obligation. For example, on a design and build project, the contractor may be required to prepare and submit a planning application, but the client may accept the risk that planning permission will not be granted.

Whilst statutory obligations are many and varied, and there can be many additional obligations that relate to the final use that a building is put to, a very broad summary of some categories of statutory obligation are presented below (this list is not comprehensive).


[edit] Building

[edit] Planning

[edit] Health and safety

See also: Health and Safety.

[edit] Environment and pollution

See also: Environmental Legislation

[edit] Noise

  • The Control of Noise at Work Regulations.
  • The Control of Noise (Code of Practice for Construction and Open Sites).
  • The Noise and Statutory Nuisance Act.
  • The Noise at Work Regulations.

[edit] Traffic

  • The Highways Act.
  • The Road Traffic Act.
  • The Road Traffic Regulation Act.
  • The Traffic Management Act.
  • The Traffic Signs, Regulations and General Directions.
  • The Transport Act.

See The road user and the law for more information.

[edit] Public procurement

[edit] Products and services

[edit] Miscellaneous

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