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Manual to the Building Regulations

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The Manual to the Building Regulations was published by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) in July 2020.

This is a short manual on the Building Regulations, offering guidance to those considering building in England, and which has been split into two volumes. Volume 1 of the manual gives a high-level outline of how the Building Regulations system currently works, with Volume 2 providing more detail.

Please note that this manual is only a summary, and further information on building regulations can be found via the Planning Portal (

The government has also published a downloadable PDF of Merged Approved Documents, which can be obtained here. It is advisable to check that the version of each approved document being used is current as well as being correct for the project. If there are any queries regarding this, please refer to the MHCLG website to check, and confirm with your building control body if there is any doubt.

This article originally appeared on the CIAT website on 30 July 2020. It was written by Steven Hedley MCIAT, Vice-President Technical.


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