Unauthorised Access

  1. Requirement

    Requirement

    This approved document deals with the following requirement from Part Q of Schedule 1 to the Building Regulations 2010.


    PART Q SECURITY
    Unauthorised access Q1

    Reasonable provision must be  made to resist  unauthorised access to:
    (a) any dwelling; and
    (b) any part of a building from which access can be gained to a flat within the building.

    Limits on application
    Requirement Q1 applies only in relation to new dwellings.

    Performance

    Requirement Q1 applies to easily accessible doors and windows that provide access in any of the following circumstances:
    a.  into a dwelling from outside
    b.  into parts of a building containing flats from outside
    c.  into a flat from the common parts of the building.

    In the Secretary of State’s view, doors and windows will meet requirement Q1 if they can resist physical attack by a casual or opportunist burglar by being both:

    a.  sufficiently robust
    b.  fitted with appropriate hardware.