A Disabled Access Certificate (DAC)
is required when any change of use or material alteration works are
being carried out to a building.
For example, in one case we were involved with, a
building control officer required a lift to the 2nd floor of a
protected Georgian building. This would have
required substantial alterations to the historic building fabric and was
simply not possible. Therefore the building could not be made
accessible for the building control department.
The Technical Guidance Document Part M (TGDM) 2000 sets out the minimum requirements needed in order to be accessible at presant. However there is no leeway for existing protected structures which are not compliant to achieve a DAC which makes it impractical.
The New TGD M 2010 'Practicable'
The new TGDM 2010 which was published on the 5 November 2010 will come into force on the 1 January 2012. Section 0.7 introduces the idea of ‘practicability’. This provides a non exhaustive list of circumstances where Part M may not be practical. The list includes:
The addition of this guidance is
progressive and makes implementation of the guidance more practical to
existing buildings. If the building is unable to be made accessible for any of the reasons above or it is impractical in another way, alternative approaches
based on the principals contained in Part M 2010 can be considered.
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