Building Regulations in England and Wales are set by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG). These are standards for the design and construction of buildings to ensure the safety and health of the people who use those buildings. The standards also include requirements to ensure energy efficiency (the conservation of fuel and power) and accessibility (providing facilities for people, including those with disabilities, to gain access and move around inside buildings).
Changes to Regulations
When undertaking any project that requires permission under the building regulations there is a choice of who you use to provide that service. Historically there was only one choice, the local authority, but since 1997 anyone undertaking a project has the option to choose a private, licensed company to provide the service. These companies are approved inspectors and their tailor made services may better suit a client’s needs. Government and industry recognise that competition in this sector has had a positive impact, providing a stimulus for greater efficiency and higher standards of customer service.