Is there legislation that requires buildings to have disabled access?

The building regulations first introduced requirements to provide facilities for disabled people in 1985. Since then, these requirements have been extended and include all new buildings, including dwellings, together with alterations and extensions.

Building control can provide you with guidance on accessibility issues and your obligations under Part M of the building regulations such as:

  • ramped access to entrances
  • ambulant staircases, door, corridor and lobby requirements plus sanitary accommodation
  • building circulation design and fire safety. 

In order to be effective, accessibility has to be incorporated within the early stages of building design process.

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