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District Councils, through their Building Control Departments, have a statutory duty to apply Building Regulations. These ensure the safety and health of people in and around buildings. The regulations also protect the environment by requiring buildings to be thermally efficient, reducing energy consumption and therefore the emission of pollutants which damage in the atmosphere.
Regulations are also in place to deal with accessibility and are effective in improving the quality of life for people with disabilities. Guidance on how to comply with these and other requirements can be found in the Building Regulation Technical Booklets, available by downloading or from your local Stationary Office Bookshop. Building Regulations and Building Control, therefore, have an important role to play in helping protect people and the environment.
It should be noted that for certain categories of work you will probably have to get approval from the Planning Service under the planning legislation.