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New Technical Handbook for Scotland

Revisions to Section 6 of the Technical Handbooks, which will come into force on October 2015, are now available.


To download these revised editions please use the links below:


Domestic 6 Energy (from October 2015)
Non-Domestic 6 Energy (from October 2015)
Current versions are available on the Scotland Home page

New Approved Document for Wales

Revisions to Approved Document B, Volume 2 (2013 Amendments) comes into effect 30 April 2014.


To download the latest edition please use the link below:


Fire safety - Buildings other than dwellinghouses

New Approved Documents for England
- Part L

New Approved Document Part L came into force on 1 April 2014. We are in the process of updating the NBS Building Regulations software. In the meantime, the new Approved Document Part L can be download here.


England only Approved Document L1A
England only Approved Document L2A
Domestic Building Services Compliance Guide
Non-Domestic Building Services Compliance Guide

New Approved Documents for England - Part K, P and 7 Materials and Workmanship

New Approved Documents for England - Part A, and C

New Approved Documents Parts A and C are due to come into effect on 1st October 2013. Ensure you have the latest England only Approved Documents for your project requirements with NBS Building Regulations.


To download these latest editions please use the links below:


A Structure 2004 edition includes 2004, 2010 and 2013 amendments
C Site preparation and resistance to contaminants and moisture 2004 edition incorporating 2010 and 2013 amendments

Wales Approved Document 7

Updated requirements for Wales only Approved Document 7

The updated requirements for Approved Document 7 - Materials and Workmanship are due to come into effect on 1st September 2013.


To download please use the link below:


Wales only Approved Document 7

B Materials and workmanship

New Technical Booklet for Northern Ireland - B

New Technical Booklet B Materials and Workmanship is due to come into effect on 1st October 2013.


To download the booklet please use the links below:


B Materials and workmanship

NBS Shortcuts

A regular series of illustrated "how-to" articles, NBS Shortcuts look at a wide range of practice, regulatory and design guidance subjects, with easy to follow text and hand-drawn graphic details. Thease guides will help you get to grips with the Building Regulations. read more...


Guides England & Wales

Easy-to-use guides to understanding and complying with the provisions outlined in the Approved Documents, plus DCLG's secondary documents as referenced by Part L. read more...