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Building Regulation fees for April 2016 to April 2017
We are pleased to announce that by keeping our costs down we have been able to keep our fees the same as last year. This means that we are even better value for money!
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Changes to the Approved Documents
The following changes came into effect on 1 October 2015:
Part G - Water Efficiency
Requires estimated water use to be no more than 110 litres per person per day (instead of the normal 125 litres per person per day) where a planning authority makes it a condition of planning approval (in line with a policy in the Local Plan).
Regulation G2 has been amended to allow for the requirements to be met using a “fittings-based approach”. This allows compliance to be demonstrated without completing the Water Calculator. Compliance demonstrated if all fittings at least as efficient as specified in new Tables 2.1 and 2.2.
Part H - External Waste Storage
The design should be carefully considered where it is in a publicly accessible place or open area. Provisions in H6 also apply where there is a change of use e.g. from a house to flats.
Part M - Access to and Use of Buildings
Part M now comes in two volumes; Volume 1: Dwellings and Volume 2: Buildings other than dwellings.
New Regulation M4 applies to new dwellings and is split into 3 parts.
M4(1) – Category 1 Visitable dwellings.
M4(2) – Category 2, Accessible and adaptable dwellings.
M4(3) – Category 3, Wheelchair user dwellings.
Provision of category 2 and 3 houses will only be required if they are stipulated in the Local Plan. The Planning Authority may ask for such provision when a planning application is submitted.
Part M Volume 2 – Buildings other than dwellings. Guidance in Volume 2 for buildings other than dwellings has not been changed. Regulations M1, M2 and M3 will solely apply to buildings other than dwellings.
Part Q - Security
This is a brand new approved document and requires that reasonable provision must be made to resist unauthorised access to any dwelling, and any part of a building from which access can be gained to a flat within the building. Note that this will apply to the erection of a new dwelling and also changes of use to a dwelling.
About the Approved Documents
The Department for Communities and Local Government publishes guidance called ‘Approved Documents’ on ways to meet building regulations.
• general guidance on the performance expected of materials and building work in order to comply with the building regulations
• practical examples and solutions on how to achieve compliance for some of the more common building situations