Optional requirement M4(3): Category 3 – Wheelchair user dwellings

  1. Optional Requirement

    Optional Requirement

    This section of the approved document deals with the following optional requirement from Part M of Schedule 1 to the Building Regulations 2010. Requirement Optional requirement Category 3 – wheelchair user dwellings M4(3) optional requirement (1) Reasonable provision must be made for people to— (a) gain access to, and (b) use, the dwelling and its facilities. (2) The provision made must be sufficient to— (a) allow simple adaptation of the dwelling to meet the needs of occupants who use wheelchairs; or (b) meet the needs of occupants who use wheelchairs. Limits on application Optional requirement M4(3)— (a) may apply only in relation to a dwelling that is erected; (b) will apply in substitution for requirement M4(1); (c) does not apply where optional requirement M4(2) applies; (d) does not apply to 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. Optional requirement M4(3) (2)(b) applies only where the planning permission under which the building work is carried out specifies that it shall be complied with.

    Performance

    In the Secretary of State’s view, optional requirement M4(3) will be met where a new dwelling makes reasonable provision, either at completion or at a point following completion, for a wheelchair user to live in the dwelling and use any associated private outdoor space, parking and communal facilities that may be provided for the use of the occupants. Reasonable provision is made if the dwelling complies with all of the following. a. Within the curtilage of the dwelling or of the building containing the dwelling, a wheelchair user can approach and gain step-free access to every private entrance to the dwelling and to every associated private outdoor space, parking space and communal facility for occupants’ use. b. Access to the WC and other accommodation within the entrance storey is step-free and the dwelling is designed to have the potential for step-free access to all other parts. c. There is sufficient internal space to make accommodation within the dwelling suitable for a wheelchair user. d. The dwelling is wheelchair adaptable such that key parts of the accommodation, including sanitary facilities and kitchens, could be easily altered to meet the needs of a wheelchair user or, where required by a local planning authority, the dwelling is wheelchair accessible. e. Wall-mounted switches, controls and socket outlets are 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