Statutory guidance

High speed electronic communications networks: Approved Document R

Building regulation for England covering requirements for high-speed electronic communications networks in buildings.


Approved Document R: physical infrastructure for high speed electronic communications networks

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This edition introduces a new requirement for in-building physical infrastructure which enables connections to broadband networks.

The requirement applies in England to new buildings and to existing buildings that are subject to major renovation works. The requirement applies both to dwellings and to buildings other than dwellings.

Approved Document R takes effect on 1 January 2017 for use in England. It does not apply to work subject to a building notice, full plans application or initial notice submitted before 1 January 2017.

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Published 20 April 2016