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Building Regulations exemptions
- What qualifies as ‘building work’ and so falls under the control of the regulations.
- What types of buildings are exempt (such as temporary buildings).
- The notification procedures that must be followed when starting, carrying out, and completing building work.
- Requirements for specific aspects of building design and construction.
Compliance with the Act is crucial as those who contravene it and its associated Building Regulations may, if convicted, face a heavy fine or even imprisonment. It is therefore essential to ensure that if a building is thought to be exempt, exemption really does apply and advice sought from the appropriate authority.
- Public bodies – e.g local authorities, county councils and other bodies acting under an enactment for the public good and not for profit. However, this is a grey area and advice should be sought if there is any uncertainty as to whether exemption applies.
- Buildings belonging to ‘statutory undertakers’ – e.g utilities.
- Buildings belonging to (or occupied by) UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA). (NB: dwelling houses and offices are not exempt).
- Buildings belonging to (or occupied by) the British Airports Authority (NB: dwelling houses, hostels, offices or showrooms are not exempt).
- Buildings belonging to the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) (NB: Houses, hotels, offices and showrooms are not exempt).
- Temporary buildings may be exempt from some parts of the building regulations, see Building regulations exemption for temporary buildings for more information.
Many of the requirements of the Building Regulations apply to Crown Buildings. But there are a few deviations and therefore the advice of the Treasury should be sought when work is to be undertaken on a Crown building.
Buildings in the boroughs of Inner London are subject to the requirements of the Building Regulations but in a few circumstances some of the regulations may not apply. The advice of the local authority in question should be sought prior to submitting drawings.
 Related articles on Designing Buildings Wiki
- Approved documents.
- Approved inspector.
- Building control body.
- Building notice.
- Building regulations.
- Building regulations exemption for temporary buildings.
- Building warrant (Scotland).
- Do the building regulations apply to existing buildings?
- Failure to comply with the building regulations.
- How long it takes to get building regulations approval and how long it lasts.
- Northern Ireland building regulations.
- Planning permission.
- Scottish building standards.
- Statutory approvals.
- Statutory authorities.
- The Building Act.
- The difference between planning permission building regulations approval.
- Welsh building regulations.
- What approvals are needed before construction begins.
 External references
- Approved documents can be downloaded from the Planning portal.
- The Communities and Local Government Building Regulations website.
- Department for Communities and Local Government: Building Regulations, Explanatory booklet. (now archived)
- Local authority building control guidance.
- The Building Regulations in full.
- Department for Communities and Local Government.
- CLG: Determinations and appeals.
- Free online version of Approved Documents from SpecifiedBy
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