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What is an Approved Document?

This document has been approved and issued           How to use this Approved
by the Secretary of State to provide practical       Document
guidance on ways of complying with Requirements
J1 to J7 and regulations 7 of the Building           In this document the following conventions have
Regulations 2010 (SI 2010/2214) for England          been adopted to assist understanding and
and Wales. The Building Regulations 2010 are         interpretation:
referred to throughout the remainder of this         a.	 Text shown against a green background are
Document as ‘the Building Regulations’. Where
appropriate the Approved Document also gives             extracts from the Building Regulations or
guidance on relevant requirements in the Building        Building (Approved Inspectors etc) Regulations,
(Approved Inspectors etc) Regulations 2010               and set out the legal requirements that relate
(SI 2010/2215).                                          to compliance with the sanitation, hot water
The intention of issuing Approved Documents              safety and water efficiency requirements of
is to provide guidance about compliance with             building regulations. It should be remembered
specific aspects of building regulations in some         however that, as noted above, building works
of the more common building situations. They             must comply with all the other applicable
set out what, in ordinary circumstances, may be          provisions of building regulations.
reasonable provision for compliance with the         b.	 Key terms are defined in Section 0 and are
relevant requirement(s) of building regulations to       printed in italic text.
which they refer.                                    c.	 Details of technical publications referred to in
If guidance in an Approved Document is followed          the text of this Document will be given in
there will be a presumption of compliance with           footnotes and repeated as end notes. A
the requirement(s) covered by the guidance.              reference to a publication is likely to be made
However, this presumption can be overturned,             for one of two main reasons. The publication
so simply following guidance does not guarantee          may contain additional or more comprehensive
compliance. For example, if one particular case          technical detail, which it would be impractical
is unusual in some way, then ‘normal’ guidance           to include in full in the Document but which is
may not be applicable. It is also important to note      needed to fully explain ways of meeting the
that there may well be other ways of achieving           requirements; or it is a source of more general
compliance with the requirements. There is               information. The reason for the reference will
therefore no obligation to adopt any particular          be indicated in each case. The reference will
solution contained in this Approved Document             be to a specified edition of the document.
if you would prefer to meet the relevant                 The Approved Document may be amended
requirement in some other way. However,                  from time to time to include new references
persons intending to carry out building work             or to refer to revised editions where this aids
should always check with their Building                  compliance.
Control Body, either the local authority or
an approved inspector, that their proposals          Where you can get further help
comply with building regulations.
The guidance contained in this Approved              If you do not understand the technical guidance
Document relates only to the particular              or other information set out in this Approved
requirements of building regulations that the        Document and the additional detailed technical
document addresses (see ‘Requirements’ below).       references to which it directs you, there are a
However, building work may be subject to more        number of routes through which you can seek
than one requirement of building regulations. In     further assistance:
such cases the work will also have to comply         •	 The Communities and Local Government
with any other applicable requirements of
building regulations.                                    website:
This document is one of a series that has been       •	 The Planning Portal website:
approved and issued by the Secretary of State
for the purpose of providing practical guidance
with respect to the requirements of Schedule 1       •	 If you are the person undertaking the building
and Regulation 7 of the Building Regulations
2010 (SI 2010/2215) for England and Wales.               work you can seek assistance either from
At the back of this document is a list of all the        your local authority building control service or
documents that have been approved and issued             from your approved inspector (depending on
by the Secretary of State for this purpose.              which building control service you are using,
                                                         or intend to use, to certify compliance of your
                                                         work with the requirements of the Building

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