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Update on Part M of the Building Reuglations - November 2009

The Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government (DEHLG) is continuing to work towards its commitment to make buildings more accessible by reviewing of Part M of the Second Schedule to the Building Regulations and updating the Technical Guidance Document (TGD).   You may be aware that the DEHLG held the final round of public consultation in October 2009 and the proposed Building Regulation Part M is due to come into force in July 2010. For further information contact us.

The draft Regulations propose to amend Part M of the 1997 Building Regulations  in respect of new buildings, dwellings and existing buildings when extended. The new Regulations require that all new buildings other than dwellings should be designed and  constructed so that people with a range of disabilities can safely and independently approach and gain access to a building, circulate within it and use the relevant facilities including sanitary conveniences within it. The new Regulations also apply to the approach and access to and sanitary conveniences in existing buildings when extended.

O’Herlihy Access Consultancy assisted with a number of submissions to the Department. Some of our main concerns regarding the proposed Regulations are as follows: