Last edited 04 May 2022


Guidance is advice intended to help resolve a problem or difficulty, or information about how to do something. Typically it is given or produced by a person or organisation in authority.

In relation to the designing of buildings the word guidance is frequently used to describe documents that range from purely advisory to those that give advice on meeting legislation that is obligatory.

For example the UK Building Regulations apply across England and Wales are set out in the Building Act 1984 while those that apply across Scotland are set out in the Building (Scotland) Act 2003. These are legal obligations in the construction of buildings. The Approved Documents to the building regulations are a set of guidance documents setting out ways in which the regulations might be (but do not have to be) satisfied.

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