M4 (1): Category 1 – Visitable dwellings

 

  1. Category 1 – Visitable dwelling Access and use

    Category 1 – Visitable dwelling Access and use

    This section of the approved document deals with the following requirement from Part M of Schedule 1 to the Building Regulations 2010. Requirement Category 1 – Visitable dwelling Access and use M4(1). Reasonable provision should be made for people to— a) gain access to; and b) use, the dwelling and its facilities Limits on application Requirement M4(1) does not apply to: a) an extension to a dwelling; or b) any part of a building that is used solely to enable the building or any service or fitting in the building to be inspected, repaired or maintained. Performance In the Secretary of State’s view, requirement M4(1) will be met when a new dwelling makes reasonable provision for most people, including wheelchair users, to approach and enter the dwelling and to access habitable rooms and sanitary facilities on the entrance storey. Reasonable provision is made if the dwelling complies with all of the following. a) Within the curtilage of the dwelling or the building containing the dwelling, it is possible to approach and gain access to the dwelling. b) It is possible to gain access to the dwelling, or the building containing the dwelling, from the most likely point of alighting from a car. c) A disabled person who is able to walk is able to visit any dwelling in a building containing one or more dwellings. d) Visitors can access and use the habitable rooms and a WC within the entrance storey of the dwelling (or the principal storey where the entrance storey does not contain a habitable room). e) Where the habitable rooms and the WC are located on the entrance storey, access between them is step free. f) Wall-mounted switches and socket outlets in habitable rooms are reasonably accessible to people who have reduced reach.    

    • [caption id="attachment_6579" align="alignnone" width="660"]1.1Measurement of clear opening width of external and internal doors Diagram 1.1 Measurement of clear opening width of external and internal doors[/caption]

    • 1.2 Minimum door width, hall widths and localised obstructions Diagram 1.2 Minimum door width, hall widths and localised obstructions.
    • 1.3 WC access zones Diagram 1.3 WC access zones.
    • 1.4 Exmples of WC/cloakroom Diagram 1.4 Exmples of WC/cloakroom
    • 1.5 Heights of switches, sockets etc Diagram 1.5 Heights of switches, sockets etc.
    • 2.1 Maximum length of ramp at a given gradient Diagram 2.1 Maximum length of ramp at a given gradient.
    • 2.2 Measurement of clear opening width and other features of external and internal doors Diagram 2.2 Measurement of clear opening width and other features of external and internal doors.
    • 2.3 Minimum door and hall widths and restrictions on localised obstructions Diagram 2.3 Minimum door and hall widths and restrictions on localised obstructions.
    • 2.4 Clear access zones to principal bedroom Diagram 2.4 Clear access zones to principal bedroom.
    • 2.5 Sanitary fittings, associated clear access zones and permitted encroachment of basins Diagram 2.5 Sanitary fittings, associated clear access zones and permitted encroachment of basins.
    • 2.6 Examples of WC-cloakroom layouts Diagram 2.6 Examples of WC/cloakroom layouts.
    • 2.7 Examples of Category 2 bathrooms Diagram 2.7 Examples of Category 2 bathrooms.
    • 3.1 Maximum length of ramp at a given gradient Diagram 3.1 Maximum length of ramp at a given gradient
    • 3.2 Measurement of clear opening width and other features of external and internal doors Diagram 3.2 Measurement of clear opening width and other features of external and internal doors
    • 3.3 Features associated with principal private entrance Diagram 3.3 Features associated with principal private entrance.
    • 3.4 Minimum door and hall widths and restrictions on localised obstructions Diagram 3.4 Minimum door and hall widths and restrictions on localised obstructions
    • 3.5 Outward opening doors in a corner Diagram 3.5 Outward opening doors in a corner
    • 3.6 Wheelchair storage and transfer space Diagram 3.6 Wheelchair storage and transfer space
    • 3.7 Access to through floor lift Diagram 3.7 Access to through floor lift
    • 3.8 Example of wheelchair accessible kitchen layout Diagram 3.8 Example of wheelchair accessible kitchen layout
    • 3.9 Clear access zones and manoeuvering spaces to principal bedroom Diagram 3.9 Clear access zones and manoeuvering spaces to principal bedroom
    • 3.10 Sanitary fittings associated clear access zones and permitted encroachment of basins – wheelchair adaptable Diagram 3.10 Sanitary fittings associated clear access zones and permitted encroachment of basins – wheelchair adaptable
    • 3.11 Sanitary fittings, associated clear access zones and permitted encroachment of basins – wheelchair accessible Diagram 3.11 Sanitary fittings, associated clear access zones and permitted encroachment of basins – wheelchair accessible
    • 3.12 Example of wheelchair adaptable WC/cloakroom layout with potential to be wheelchair accessible Diagram 3.12 Example of wheelchair adaptable WC/cloakroom layout with potential to be wheelchair accessible
    • 3.13 Sanitary fittings associated access zones and permitted encroachment of basis for second WC/cloakroom where on same floor level as first WC Diagram 3.13 Sanitary fittings associated access zones and permitted encroachment of basis for second WC/cloakroom where on same floor level as first WC
    • 3.14 Examples of compliant second WC cloakrooms where on the same floor level asthe first WC Diagram 3.14 Examples of compliant second WC/cloakrooms where on the same floor level as the first WC
    • 3.15 Examples of wheelchair adaptable bathroom layouts with potential to be wheelchair accessible Diagram 3.15 Examples of wheelchair adaptable bathroom layouts with potential to be wheelchair accessible
    • 3.16 Examples of wheelchair accessible bathrooms Diagram 3.16 Examples of wheelchair accessible bathrooms
    • 3.17 Examples of wheelchair accessible bathrooms with both bath and shower Diagram 3.17 Examples of wheelchair accessible bathrooms with both bath and shower
    • Table 1.1 Minimum widths of corridors and passageways for a range of doorway widths Table 1.1 Minimum widths of corridors and passageways for a range of doorway widths
    • Table 2.1 Minimum widths of corridors and passageways for a range of doorway widths Table 2.1 Minimum widths of corridors and passageways for a range of doorway widths.
    • Table 3.1 Minimum area of general built-in-storage Table 3.1 Minimum area of general built-in-storage
    • Table 3.2 Minimum combined floor area for living, dining and kitchen space Table 3.2 Minimum combined floor area for living, dining and kitchen space
    • Table 3.3 Min length of kitchen worktop Table 3.3 Min length of kitchen worktop
    • Table 3.4  Minimum length of kitchen worktop, including fittings and appliances, to be fitted at completion for a wheelchair accessible dwelling Table 3.4 Minimum length of kitchen worktop, including fittings and appliances, to be fitted at completion for a wheelchair accessible dwelling
    • Table 3.5 Summary of minimum requirements for sanitary provision in typical dwelling types Table 3.5 Summary of minimum requirements for sanitary provision in typical dwelling types
    • Appendix D Furniture schedule Appendix D Furniture schedule