Useful links

Below are some links to documents and websites which we hope you find useful.

Approved Documents The most recent versions of the Approved Documents for the fourteen technical "Parts" of the Building Regulations' requirements are accessible from this page. Approved Documents
Asbestos around the home Rochford Council Advice leaflet on Asbestos around the home Asbestos around the home
Building Regulations Explanatory Booklet This booklet provides an introduction to the Building Regulations in England and Wales and is intended for anyone proposing to carry out building projects. It is not a statement of the law but is intended to help you to understand the system. Building Regulations Explanatory Booklet
Considerate Constructors Scheme

Started in 1997, this important initiative operates voluntary Site and Company Codes of Considerate Practice, with which participating construction companies and sites register.

The Scheme is a non profit making, independent organisation founded by the industry to improve its image. The Scheme is neither grant maintained nor funded by the Government and is solely financed by its registrations.

There are two ways in which companies can sign up to the Scheme: Site Registration or Company Registration.

Allow for registering the site or company with the Considerate Constructors Scheme, including the appropriate fee, and for using best endeavours to comply with the Scheme’s Code of Considerate Practice.

Considerate Constructors Scheme
Electrical Work Your responsibilities as a homeowner. Essex Building Control Prospectus
Essex Building Control Prospectus This Building Control Prospectus gives a general overview of Building Control along with contact details to all other Local Authority Building Control Bodies throughout Essex. Essex Building Control Prospectus
Gas and Oil Central Heating Boilers: Advice to householders This leaflet provides an introduction to the changes to the requirements for new and replacement boilers under Part L of the Building Regulations. Gas and Oil Central Heating Boilers: Advice to householders
Guide to the condensing boiler installation assessment procedure for dwellings From 1 April 2005, revised Approved Document L1 of the Building Regulations sets down revised guidance for the efficiency of hot water central heating gas and oil boilers installed in new and existing dwellings. Guide to the condensing boiler installation assessment procedure for dwellings
Health and Safety Advice If you are having construction or refurbishment work done, you may need to notify the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and you may have other duties as well.  Health and Safety Advice
Homes Warranty website The Local Authority Building Control's (LABC) business partner providing 10 year structural warranties and a complete range of specialist developer services to ensure you are fulfilling the building requirements for any development, as well as saving you time and money. Homes Warranty website
LABC website The organisation representing local authority building control in England and Wales LABC website
New Rules for Electrical Safety in the Home This leaflet introduces Part P - Electrical Safety, which is a new Building Regulation that came into force on 1 January 2005. New Rules for Electrical Safety in the Home
Planning portal The government's online service for planning and building control Planning Portal
Party Wall Act 1996 - Explanatory Booklet It aims to explain in simple terms how the Party Wall etc Act 1996 ("the Act") may affect someone who either wishes to carry out work covered by the Act (the "Building Owner") or receives notification under the Act of proposed adjacent work (the "Adjoining Owner"). Party Wall Act 1996 - Explanatory Booklet
Your Garden Walls - Better to be Safe than Sorry Garden and boundary walls should be inspected from time to time to see if any repairs are necessary, or whether a wall needs rebuilding. Such walls are amongst the most common forms of masonry to suffer collapse, and they are unfortunately one of the commonest causes of death by falling masonry. Your insurances may not cover you if the wall has been neglected. Your Garden Walls - Better to be Safe than Sorry