Last edited 13 Nov 2015

Welsh building regulations


[edit] Introduction

The building regulations define the standards for construction and design applicable to the majority of new buildings and some alterations to existing buildings. They set out:

  • What qualifies as ‘building work’ and so falls under the control of the regulations.
  • What types of buildings are exempt.
  • The notification procedures that must be followed when starting, carrying out, and completing building work.
  • Requirements for specific aspects of building design and construction.

The Welsh Ministers (Transfer of Functions) (No. 2) Order 2009 was made on 17 November 2009 and came into force on 31 December 2011 when responsibility for building regulations in Wales was transferred to the Welsh government.

This included powers in:

The Building Regulations Advisory Committee for Wales (BRACW), which was set up in 2012, advises on proposed changes to the regulations and follows the Code of Practice for Scientific Advisory Committees (CoPSAC).

NB on 27 February 2015, the Wales Office published proposals for further devolution of powers to Wales.Ref Powers for a purpose: Towards a lasting devolution settlement for Wales.

[edit] Building regulations guidance

Practical guidance on compliance with all aspects of the building regulations is available from the Welsh government website. A series of ‘Approved Documents’ accompany the regulations, setting out ways that the building regulations can be satisfied in common building situations.

At present, many of the approved documents are common to both England and Wales, but increasingly there will be divergence between them as the Welsh government introduces its own standards.

Circulars are provided by the Welsh Government to provide information about new or amended policy.

[edit] Building control

Building Control Bodies (BCB) are responsible for verifying that building regulations are being complied with. There are two different bodies able to provide this service:

Local authority building control is provided by the 22 local authorities in Wales which have a statutory duty to ensure that building work complies with the building regulations.

Private sector Approved Inspectors are authorised individuals or companies who under the Building Act 1984 can check that building work is compliant with the regulations. The Construction Industry Council (CIC) approve individuals as approved inspectors and the Association of Consultant Approved Inspectors (ACAI) acts as the representative body.

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