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Core curriculum topic: Legal, regulatory and statutory compliance

To help you gain the skills you need to practise architecture now and in the future as a RIBA Chartered Member, we have defined 10 mandatory core curriculum topics to address through CPD.

The topic Legal, regulatory and statutory compliance covers understanding and keeping up to date with the legal, regulatory and policy frameworks underpinning business, architecture and construction. The topic also covers having the knowledge and skills to apply these across the relevant aspects of the other CPD Core Curriculum topics.

Legal, regulatory, and statutory compliance

What follows is not a complete list: it represents key legislative highlights from the other CPD Core Curriculum topics. Members outside the UK would need knowledge of and competence in the legal and regulatory framework of the city, country and region in which you live and practice.


  • Building Regulations and Approved Documents
  • British Standards
  • Building Safety Act (forthcoming)
  • Construction Product Safety legislation (forthcoming)

Architecture for social purpose

  • Employment law
    The Equality Act 2010
  • Modern Slavery Act 2015
  • Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 (RRO)
  • Special Educational and Disability Act 2001 (SENDA)

Health, safety, and wellbeing

  • Statute and the regulatory environment (legislation under the Building Act and Health and Safety at Work Act)
  • CDM Regulations 2015, especially regulations 8,9 and 11
  • The Construction (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1996
  • The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999
  • The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005
  • Work at Height Regulations 2005
  • Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007
  • Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012
  • Personal Protective Equipment Regulations 2002
  • Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013 (RIDDOR)

Business, clients and services

  • Intellectual property rights, copyright law
  • Insurance, employers, PI and liability
  • Professional liability and indemnity
  • Insurance warranties
  • Obligations to stakeholders and third-party rights
  • Employment legislation
  • Workplace pension provision
  • Risk management strategies
  • Data protection and data management

Building conservation and heritage

  • Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990
  • NPPF and government policy
  • Fire safety strategy and legislation
  • Statutory consents, requirements and processes
  • Enabling Development and the Conservation of Heritage Assets
  • UNESCO conventions and recommendations

Places, planning and communities

  • Statutory instruments
  • Town and Country planning regulations
  • Acts of Parliament
  • The Housing and Planning Act
  • The Environmental Protection Act
  • Infrastructure Act
  • Localism Act
  • Local Democracy, Economic Development and Construction Act
  • General Permitted Development Order (GPDO)
  • The London Plan
  • Assets of Community Value
  • National Planning Policy Framework
  • National Planning Policy Guidance
  • S106 (Section 106) obligations
  • Community Infrastructure Levy
  • Building Control
  • Community Right to Build Order
  • The Party Wall Act

Procurement and contracts

  • WTO GPA (World Trade Organisation Government Procurement Agreement)
  • EU Directive 2014/24
  • Public Contract Regulations 2015 and what it allows and requires
  • The Social Value Act
  • Small Businesses and Enterprise Bill
  • English, Welsh, Scottish and Northern Ireland Regulations and authorities standing orders

Sustainable architecture

Primary legislation (acts or orders) such as

  • Clean Air Act
  • Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act
  • Climate Change Act
  • Energy Act
  • Environmental Protection Act
  • Flood and Water Management Act
  • Natural Environment and Rural Communities Act
  • Water Resources Act
  • Wildlife and Countryside Act

Secondary legislation (regulations) and standards such as

  • Relevant Building Regulations such as L1 and L2 and the devolved nations’ equivalents
  • Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations
  • Energy Performance of Buildings (Certificates and Inspections) (England and Wales) Regulations.
  • BS EN 15978:2011 Sustainability of Construction Works. Assessment of environmental performance of buildings. Calculation method
  • BS EN 15804:2012 Environmental product declarations.
  • Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations
  • Site Waste Management Plan Regulations
  • Town and Country Planning Regulations (environmental impact assessment) (England and Wales)
  • SUDS legislation and the need to respond to predicted future flood conditions
  • Code for Sustainable Homes
  • PAS 1192
  • ISO 20400: Sustainable Procurement Standard

Find CPD on this topic

You must take two hours of CPD on this topic every year.

Find RIBA accredited CPD on Legal, regulatory and statutory compliance through RIBA Academy.

Related courses include:

Find related CPD offered by our partners on the CPD Providers Network.

Podcasts, videos, articles, and other offers can also contribute towards your CPD requirements.

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