Approved document A

Summary: Building regulations explained

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Building Regulations: Approved Document A - Structure

  • A1 Loading
  • A2 Ground movement
  • A3 Disproportionate collapse

Approved document A of the building regulations covers the loadings on a building and the construction of all parts of the building that can be called structural. This includes foundations, walls, floors, roofs and chimneys. The way the building is constructed is also related to the ground conditions and any ground movement must not impair the buildings stability. The document also contains some design rules and simplified guides for domestic dwellings, garages, outbuildings and some non dwelling buildings.

Emphasis is placed on taller buildings so that, in the event of an accident, the part of the building subject to the accident is the part which suffers from the accident and other parts of the building do not suffer as a result.

Building Regulation Booklets

Building Regulation Booklets

Please click on the image to the left to download Approved Document A of the Building Regulations.

Look to the related projects panel to the left of this page for all of the other Building Regulation Approved Documents and please check with the Governments Planning Portal website for any updates or amendments to these regulations. You are also advised to seek the assistance of an architect or building surveyor for an interpretation of these regulations as they apply to the project you are embarking on.

Click on the book in the image below for an easy summary of the building regulations. This book is a must for those involved with any type of structural alteration. Even removing a wall in your home can require building regulation approval and with all home information available in Home Information Packs selling your home can be difficult if you do not have legal approval, where necessary, for work done on your house.

Building Regulations explained

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Please be sure to check on the Government Planning Portal website for updates to any Building Regulations before commencing work.

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