12. What are Building Regulations?
Not to be confused with planning, the building regulations are there to ensure that buildings are constructed so as to be safe and to a minimum quality standard. They cover the technical and physical aspects of a building rather than its aesthetics or contribution to the area, and cover such things as structural stability, fire escape and insulation, drainage, ventilation, thermal performance, sound transmission, protection from falling and so on. Building Regulations are handled either by the local authority or, increasingly, by licensed private inspectors.