Meaning of building

'Building' is defined in the Building Act 1984 (BA 1984) as “any permanent or temporary building, and, unless the context otherwise requires, it includes any other structure or erection of whatever kind or nature (whether permanent or temporary)”.

This definition applies for the purposes of Part 1 of the BA 1984 and any other enactment that relates to building regulations, or that mentions ‘buildings’ or ‘a building’ in a context from which it appears that those expressions are there intended to have the same meaning as in Part I of the BA 1984.

‘Building Regulations’ is defined in the BA 1984. The definition is:

“In this Act—

  1. ‘building regulations’ means, subject to paragraph (b) below, regulations made under section 1 above;
  2. a reference to building regulations, in a particular case in relation to which a requirement of building regulations is for the time being dispensed with, waived, relaxed or modified by virtue of section 8 or 11 above or any other enactment, is a reference to building regulations as they apply in that case, unless the context otherwise requires.”

The principal regulations made under section 1 of the BA 1984 are the Building Regulations 2010 and the Building (Approved Inspectors etc.) Regulations 2010.