THE BUILDING ACT (1984)
The current system of BUILDING REGULATIONS has its roots in The Building Act of 1984. The Act permitted detailed regulations to be made by the Secretary of State for the purpose of; securing the health, safety, welfare and convenience of persons in or about buildings, furthering the conservation of fuel and power, and preventing waste, undue consumption, misuse or contamination of water. It also empowered local authorities to enforce building regulations and provided for prosecution in the case of non-compliant building work. The regulations made under the Act have been periodically updated, rewritten or consolidated, resulting in the version of the Building Regulations in force today.