London Building Acts (Amendment) Act 1939

JurisdictionUK Non-devolved
Citation1939 c. xcvii
6. London Building Acts Oh.. XCVii.
(Amendment) Act, 1939.
CHAPTER xcvii.
An Act to amend the enactments relating to
streets buildings and structures in London.
[4th August 1939.]
HEREAS by the London Building Act 1930 the
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enactments relating to streets and buildings in Geo- ?.-.
London were consolidated: e- clvm-
And whereas by the London Building Act (Amend-
25 &
ment) Act 1935 provision was made inter alia for the
regulation and control by means of byelaws of certain c' XCI1,
matters relating to the construction of buildings and
structures and for such byelaws to operate in substitution
for certain provisions of the said Act of 1930 :
And whereas it is expedient that further provisions
of the said Act of 1930 should be amended and that other
provisions thereof should be repealed and re-enacted:
And whereas it is expedient that the other provisions
contained in this Act should be enacted :
And whereas the objects aforesaid cannot be attained
without the authority of Parliament:
May it therefore please Your Majesty that it may
be enacted and be it enacted by the King's most
Excellent Majesty by and with the advice and consent
of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal and Commons in
A 1
XCVii. London Building Acts 2
(Amendment) Act, 1939.
this present Parliament assembled and by the authority
of the same as follows (that is to say):
Short title 1. This Act may be cited as the London Building
construction Acts (Amendment) Act 1939 and shall be read and
COnstrued as one with the London Building Acts
1935 and may be cited with those Acts as the London
Building Acts 1930 to 1939.
This Act is divided into Parts as follows:
Part I.—Introductory.
Part II.—Naming and numbering of streets
buildings &c.
Part III.—Construction of buildings.
Part IV.—Special and temporary buildings
and structures.
Part V.—Means of escape in case of fire.
Part VI.—Rights &c. of building and adjoin-
ing owners.
Part VII.—Dangerous and neglected structures.
Part VIII.—Sky signs.
Part IX.—Superintending architect district
surveyors and fees.
Part X.—Byelaws.
Part XL—Legal proceedings.
Part XII.—Miscellaneous.
This Act shall come into operation on the first
mentofAct. day of January nineteen hundred and forty.
Interpreta- 4.—(1) In this Act save as is otherwise expressly
tion. provided therein and unless the context otherwise
requires the following expressions have the meanings
hereby respectively assigned to them:
" Act of 1930 " means the London Building Act
" Act of 1935" means the London Building Act
(Amendment) Act 1935;
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Act into
6. London Building Acts Oh. XCVii.
(Amendment) Act, 1939.
" builder " means the person who is employed to PART I.
build or to execute work to in or upon a building —cont.
or structure or where no person is so employed
the owner of the building or structure;
" cubical extent " in relation to the measurement of
a building means the space contained within
the external surfaces of its walls and roof and
the upper surface of the floor of its lowest
storey but excluding any space within any
enclosure on the roof of the building used
exclusively for accommodating a water tank or
lift gear or any like apparatus :
Provided that where a building on one or
more of its sides' is not enclosed by a wall or
walls the building where unenclosed shall be
deemed to be enclosed by walls with the
external surface thereof in a vertical plane
extending downwards from the outer edge of
" district surveyor " means any person appointed
or deemed to be appointed under this Act to
the office of district surveyor and includes any
person who under this Act is appointed to act
as the deputy to any district surveyor so
appointed or to act temporarily as a district
surveyor in respect of the time during which
he so acts;
" domestic building " includes a dwelling-house and
any other building not being either a public
building or a building of the warehouse class
and for the purposes of Part V (Open spaces
about buildings and height of buildings) of the
Act of 1930 includes also a building (whether a
public building or not) which is used wholly or
partly as an hotel or hospital or as a school
college or other place of instruction;
" existing district surveyor " means a person who