Building regulations: divisional circular letters

Guidance about changes to building regulations policy. Only applies to England.

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government regularly writes divisional circular letters to local authorities, heads of building control and approved inspectors to tell them about new or altered building regulations matters and to give them guidance on points relevant to their building control functions.

These letters are available to download below, grouped by year of publication








  1. New and amended Approved Documents and compliance guides to support Part L
  2. The Building Regulations etc (Amendment) (No.2) Regulations 2013
  3. Changes to the building regulations: amendments to Approved Documents A and C
  4. Conservatories and porches
  5. Red Tape Challenge: local authorities carrying out building control functions outside their boundaries
  6. The Party Wall etc. Act 1996: revised explanatory booklet
  7. The Construction Products Regulations 2013 and Approved Document 7 (2013 edition)
  8. The Building (Amendment) Regulations 2013
  9. Construction and maintenance of boundary and retaining walls
  10. Corrections to the Building Regulations 2010 and amendments to Energy Performance of Buildings (England and Wales) Regulations 2012




  1. Approved Document: basements for dwellings
  2. Building control by approved inspectors under Part 2 of the Building Act 1984: designated warranty scheme by Checkmate
  3. Building control by approved inspectors under Part 2 of the Building Act 1984: insurance schemes for approved inspectors
  4. Designated warranty schemes for the purposes of the warranty link rule
  5. The Building (Approved Inspectors etc) Regulations 2010: publication of the Approved Documents and compliance guides
  6. Letter about the changes to the Building and Building (Approved Inspectors etc) Regulations 2010
  7. The Building and Approved Inspectors (Amendment) Regulations 2010 (S.I. 2010/719)
  8. The Building (Local Authority Charges) Regulations 2010 (S.I. 2010/404)
  9. Withdrawal of structural design standards (British Standards) and updating Approved Documents A and C






Published 28 October 2013
Last updated 19 September 2019 + show all updates
  1. Added Notice of correction to Approved Document B 2019 edition: Circular 03/2019
  2. Added circular letter to building control bodies regarding the application of requirement B4 of the Building Regulations 2010.
  3. Added circular letter on nearly zero energy buildings requirements for new public buildings.
  4. Added Approved Document B volume 1 and volume 2: circular 03/2018.
  5. Added Building (Amendment) Regulations 2018: Circular 02/2018.
  6. Added circular letter about issues arising from fire door tests.
  7. Under 2018 sub heading a new circular letter regarding 2018 amendments to Approved Document L1B and Domestic Building Services Compliance Guide which were published on 5 April 2018.
  8. Added circular letter to building control bodies and fire and rescue authorities regarding the interim report, Building A Safer Future, which was published on 18 December 2017.
  9. Addition of the circular letter about a new scheme of insurance for approved inspectors : Lockton Companies LLP.
  10. addition of divisional letter regarding the schemes of insurance for approved inspectors under the 2017 sub heading
  11. Addition of Building Control Performance Standards circular letter under the 2017 subheading relating to the 2017 changes to the Building Control Performance Standards
  12. Addition of Circular letter relating to Building (Amendment) Regulations 2016
  13. Addition of Building Regulations &c. (Amendment) Regulations 2016 circular letter
  14. Addition of Amended Approved Documents G and M circular letter under the 2016 sub heading
  15. Added new circular letter regarding approved inspectors and regulation 17.
  16. Added divisionial circular letter which informs building control bodies about the closure of the British Institute of Non-destructive Testing’s (BINDT) air pressure testing scheme.
  17. Added under section 2014 a link to the Building ( Amendment) Regulations 2014 letter
  18. Under sub heading 2014, added link to circular letter on green deal and notice of approval.
  19. Under sub heading 2014. Added circular letter " The Building&c ( amendment) Regulations 2014" document.
  20. Addition in sub section 2014 of a divisional letter about Insurance Schemes for Approved Inspectors.
  21. Added divisional letter titled 'Building Act 1984 and the Building (Local Authority Charges) Regulations 2010' under 2014 sub heading.
  22. Added Circular letter titled: New and amended Approved Documents and Compliance Guides to support Part L which was published 3 December 2013.
  23. First published.