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Approved Document M - Access to and Use of Buildings

Approved Document M - Access to and Use of Buildings

Publication title: Approved Document M - Access to and Use of Buildings
Date published: January 2013
ISBN: 978 1 85946 487 8
Price: £15 (free to download)

Summary

This current edition of Approved Document M: Access to and Use of Buildings has been updated and replaces the previous edition.

It incorporates text amendments made to reflect any changes arising as a result of the Building Regulations 2010 and 2013 amendments. There have been no amendments to the substantive requirements in Schedule 1 (i.e. Parts A to P) of the Building Regulations.

Some of the main 2013 amendments reflect changes to:

  • general guidance on materials and workmanship and the Construction Products Directive
  • references relating to the Equality Act 2010 and Equality Act 2010 (disability)
  • simplification of general guidance for stairs and ramps ( that do not form part of the external principal entrances and alternative accessible entrances
  • updated guidance on access statements, door opening forces and changing places  toilets
  • updated guidance on guarding and handrails, and manifestation for glass doors and glazed screens moved to Approved Document K

Changes coming into effect in 2013.

The changes in the 2013 edition of AD M take effect on 6 April 2013 for building work carried out in England and for excepted energy buildings in Wales as defined in the Welsh Ministers (Transfer of Functions) (No. 2) Order 2009. The 2004 edition incorporating 2010 amendments (archived below) will continue to apply to building work started before 6 April 2013 or subject to a building notice, full plans application or initial notice submitted before 6 April 2013.

The current 2004 edition incorporating 2010 and 2013 amendments of Approved Document M has been made available for download below.

A further document which lists the 2013 amendments to Approved Document M has also been published for use with the Approved Document M (2004 edition incorporating 2010 amendments version from 6 April 2013 and can be found in the download section below.

Download

Approved Document M - Access to and Use of Buildings (incorporating 2010 and 2013 amendments) (PDF 4.49 Mb). For use from 6 April 2013

2013 Amendments to Approved Documents (PDF 479 Kb) 

DCLG has published the 2013 Amendments to Approved Documents for use with a number of current Approved Documents. This document lists the amendments to Approved Documents A, B Vol 1, B Vol 2, C, D, E, F, G, H, J, L1A, L1B, L2A, L2B and M.  
Changes to Approved Document M come into effect on the 6 April 2013 and 1 July 2013 for use in England and for excepted energy buildings in Wales.

Order

This is a priced publication available from RIBA Bookshops Mail Order, The Old Post Office, St Nicholas Street, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE1 1RH. Order through the orders telephone line: 0191 244 5557, Fax: 0191 244 5553, Email: sales@ribabookshops.com or visit the RIBA online bookshop to buy online.

Archived versions

2004 Edition incorporation 2010 amendments:

Approved Document M - Access to and Use of Buildings (2004 edition incorporating 2010 amendments) (PDF 4.28 Mb) 

This edition of Approved Document M - Access to and Use of Buildings. It supersedes the original 2004 edition (see archived version below) by incorporating the changes made as a result of the Building Regulations 2010 and Building (Approved Inspectors etc) Regulations 2010.

Amendments to Approved Documents and Compliance Guides 2010: List of revisions and corrections (PDF 123 Kb) 

This amendment slip shows how the old regulation numbers within Building Regulations 2000 correspond to the new regulation numbers within Building Regulations 2010.

2004 Edition:

Approved Document M: Access to and Use of Buildings (2004 Edition) (PDF 1.94 Mb) 
This is the previous edition of Approved Document M. This version does not incorporate the changes made as a result of the Building Regulations 2010 and Building (Approved Inspectors etc) Regulations 2010.

1999 Edition:

Approved document M - Access and facilities for disabled people (1999 edition) (PDF 5.85 Mb) 

 

Copyright

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