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The Building Regulations

Approved Document J or Part J is the document within the Building Regulations that cover England and Wales that deals with ‘combustion appliances and fuel storage systems’. This document has six requirements, but only the first four (J1, J2, J3 and, yes you guessed it J4) apply to the installation of solid fuel appliances. The description of these four requirements is as follows:

J1 Air supply
J2 Discharge of products of combustion
J3 Protection of building
J4 Provision of information

The purpose of this document is to provide practical guidance to obtaining compliance with the Building Regulations for some of the more common situations encountered during the installation of an appliance, however the document states that ‘there is no obligation to adopt any particular solution contained in an Approved Document if you prefer to meet the relevant requirement in some other way’.

The Building Regulations for Scotland and Northern Ireland differ slightly to those for England and Wales and precise details should be checked for compliance.