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Local Acts of Parliament

WithM. J. Billington

Where a Local Act is in force, its provisions must also be complied with, since many of these pieces of legislation were enacted to meet local needs and perceived deficiencies in national legislation. The Building Regulations make it clear that local enactments must be taken into account. With the growth and development of Building Regulation control over fire precautions in particular, it is likely that most of the current local legislation is now outdated or has been superseded by the Building Regulations. In fact, some local enactments already contain a statutory bar which gives precedence to Building Regulations. Local authorities are obliged by section 90 of the Building Act to keep a copy of any Local Act provisions and these must be available for public inspection free of charge at all reasonable times.