CAR PARKING + DROP OFF[+]
Private parking bay within curtilage   4800 x 2400 level parking bay that can be widened to 4800 x 3300 4800 x 2400 level (or gently sloping if unavoidable) parking bay that can be widened to 4800 x 3300 4800 x 2400 level parking bay with 1200 clear zone to rear and one side (6000 x 3600) As Category 3a Covered bay (5400 x 3600) required for dwellings with direct ground floor access (2200 high).
Communal parking bays (applicable where provided)   At least. 1 no. 4800 x 3300 parking bay 'close' to communal entrance. At least 1 no. 4800 x 2400 level (or gently sloping if unavoidable) parking bay with 900 clear side access zone (with dropped kerb). Each provided parking bay is level 4800 x 2400 with 1200 clear zone to both sides (with dropped kerbs?). As Category 3a Designated parking space (as Category 3a) for each wheelchair-user dwelling
Drop off point (applicable where provided)     Level (or gently sloping if unavoidable), located 'close' to communal entrance, of 'suitable' ground surface. Level , located 'close' to communal entrance, of 'suitable' ground surface. As Category 3a  
APPROACH ROUTE[+]
Approach route - general Step-free (gently sloping or ramped) 'if possible'. See Category 1: 1.7 for details of acceptable ramps. Step-free route to primary entrance (or step-free route to alternative entrance) must be provided. Step-free route must be level or 'gently sloping'. As Lifetime Homes Step-free route to all private entrances must be provided (whichever floor the dwelling is on). Step-free route must be level or 'gently sloping' external approach. As Category 3a Step-free route to all private entrances must be provided (whichever floor the dwelling is on). External areas such as gardens and open spaces should be fully accessible to residents and visitors
External ramps   Max. gradient/ distance of ramps: 1:12 for a distance of up to 2000, or 1:20 for a distance of 10000. See AD Part M (diagram 2.1) for interpolated ramp max. gradients/ distances.   Max. gradient/ distance of ramps: 1:15 for a distance of up to 5000, or 1:20 for a distance of 10000. See AD Part M (diagram 3.1) for interpolated ramp max. gradients/ distances. As Category 3a Max. gradient/ distance of ramps: 1:12 for a distance of up to 2000, or 1:15 for a distance of 5000.
Approach route width 900 900 (private) or 1200 (communal) As Lifetime Homes 1200 (external + internal) As Category 3a 1200 with 'adequate' space to turn and pass obstacles
External steps Only acceptable where step-free access is unfeasible. See AD Part M (section 1.8 for details of acceptable steps. On steeply sloping sites alternative access (eg. steps) should be discussed with the local planning authority to agree a workable solution. Only acceptable as an alternative route. See AD Part M (section 2.11) for details of acceptable steps. Only acceptable as an alternative route. See AD Part M (section 3.11) for details of acceptable steps. As Category 3a  
COMMUNAL ENTRANCE[+]
Level landing in front of entrance   1500 x 1500 As Lifetime Homes As Lifetime Homes As Lifetime Homes 1500 x 1500 ( with 1200 clear of any door swing)
Canopy over entrance   900 deep (1200 recommended) and wider than the doorset 900 x 1200 wide 1200 x 1200 As Category 3a 1200 x 1500 wide. Max 2300 high
Communal entrance door(s) - clear width 775 800 (or 825 if at right-angles to a access route <1500 wide) 850 As Category 2 As Category 2 800 (900 preferred)
Communal entrance door(s) - nib   300 nib to leading edge (pull side) 300 nib to leading edge (pull side) which extends 1200 clear 300 nib to leading edge (pull side). 200 nib to following edge (push side). Both nibs extend 1800 clear As Category 3a 300 nib to leading edge (pull side) extending 1800 clear. 200 nib to following edge (push side).
Communal entrance door(s) - threshold Accessible (15 upstand) As Category 1 As Category 1 As Category 1 As Category 1 As Category 1
Clear space inside communal entrance door(s)     1500 clear space between internal lobby doors (or sor swings) 1500 turning circle As Category 3a Accessible circulation should be demonstrated throughout communal areas
COMMUNAL LIFTS + STAIRS[+]
Communal stairs To meet Building Regs Part K Easy going stair: 250 min going, 170 max. rise As Category 1 As Category 1 As Category 1  
Lifts Lift recommended but not required. See AD Part M (section 1.11 for acceptable lift spec. Lift recommended as good practice but not required. Lift required to provide step-free access to upper-floor private entrances (ie. apartments) See AD Part M (section 2.16) for acceptable lift spec. Lift required to provide step-free access to upper-floor private entrances (ie. apartments) See AD Part M (section 3.16) for acceptable lift spec. As Category 3a Lifts required to provide step-free access to upper-floor private entrances (ie. apartments). Lift spec to BS8300. A second lift preferred for maintenance periods.
Lift landing 1500 x 1500 As Category 1 As Category 1 As Category 1 As Category 1 Accessible circulation should be demonstrated throughout communal areas
Lift car size (internal) 900 x 1250 1100 x 1400 As Lifetime Homes As Lifetime Homes As Lifetime Homes As Lifetime Homes
Lift door clear opening 800   As Category 1 As Category 1 As Category 1  
PRIVATE ENTRANCE DOOR(S) TO DWELLING[+]
Clear opening width 775 800 850 As Category 2 As Category 2 800 (900 preferred)
External door nib 300 nib to pull side As Category 1 300 nib (which extends 1200 deep to pull side) 300 nib (which extends 1800 deep to pull side), plus 150 nib to hinge side As Category 3a 300 nib to leading edge (pull side) extending 1800 clear. 200 nib to following edge (push side).
Threshold 'Accessible' (150 step permissible) Accessible (15 upstand) As Lifetime Homes As Lifetime Homes As Lifetime Homes As Lifetime Homes
PRIVATE ENTRANCE LOBBY / HALLWAY[+]
Entrance hallway - dimensions n/a (900 corridor width applies) As Category 1 1500 between any lobby door swings 1800 long x 1500 wide clear space. 1500 between any lobby door swings As Category 3a As Category 3a
Wheelchair storage + charging space       1100 deep x 1700 wide (accessible from a clear width of 1200). Wheelchair storage space can be identified but used for an alternative purpose (eg. storage) 1100 deep x 1700 wide clear space (accessible from a clear width of 1200) 1100 deep x 1700 wide clear space for transfer and storage
PRIVATE INTERNAL DOORS[+]
Internal doors - clear opening widths (excludes cupboards) 750-800 (dependant on corridor width) 750-900 (dependant on corridor width) 750-800 (dependant on corridor width) 850 As Category 3a 775 (increased if angled approach)
Internal doors nibs   300 nib to pull side As Lifetime Homes 300 nib to pull side, 200 nib to push side As Category 3a 300 to pull side, 200 to push side
HABITABLE ROOMS + STORAGE[+]
Corridors - clear widths 900 (750 allowed at pinch points) As Category 1 900 1050 As Category 3a 900 (straight corridor) / 1200 (for approaching doors) / 1500 (for turning 180 degrees)
Living spaces   1500 turning circle required for living + dining spaces (alterantively provided by a 900 x 1400 turning ellipse)   Min. floor area for kitchen, living + dining space: 25 sq.m (2 bedspaces)/ 27 sq.m (3 bedspaces) / 29 sq.m (4 bedspaces). See AD Part M Table 3.2 for other dwelling sizes. As Category 3a 1500 turning circle required for all living areas + bedrooms
Clear width around furniture   750 between furniture (excludes occasional items)       1000 clear in front of any furniture, 1350 in front of drawers
Clear space around beds   750 to both sides (or one side of single) and foot As Lifetime Homes 1000 to both sides (or one side of single) and foot. 1200 square clear zone to each side of principal bedroom As Category 3a 1000 to both sides (or one side of single) and foot. 1200 square clear zone to each side and foot of principal bedroom
Built-in storage space       Area for built-in general storage (2.0 sq.m for 2 bedspaces, 2.5 sq.m for 3 bedspaces) As Category 3a  
PRIVATE CIRCULATION - VERTICAL[+]
Private stairs To meet Building Regs Part K 900 clear width. Stairs should be able to have a stair-lift fitted To meet Building Regs Part K      
Platform lift (for multi-level dwellings only)   1500 x 1000 aperture identified between ground floor + upper floors for future provision of platform lift. Space may be used for other purposes but be easily adapted   1650 x 1100 aperture identified between ground floor + upper floors for future provision of platform lift. Space may be used for other purposes but be easily adapted 1650 x 1100 through lift installed between ground floor + upper floors. 1500 turning circle in front of the liftway at all levels Space + structural openings to fit through-lift. 'Adequate' circulation space at each level for manoeuvring, approach and opening of the lift door
SANITARY FACILITIES[+]
Provision of entrance-level WC/ cloakroom facilities A bathroom or cloakroom on the entrance storey with a WC and basin. If there are no other habitable rooms on the entrance storey, the WC provision may be on the principal storey. A room (i.e. bathroom or cloakroom) on the entrance storey with a WC, basin and potential for a shower to be installed (if not provided elsewhere on the same storey). As Lifetime Homes A wetroom with WC, basin, and installed accessible floor level shower. As Category 3a  
WC / cloakroom - dimensions 1500-1600 deep x 850-1050 wide (dependant on door positioning) As Category 1, but additional space + shower drainage required to ground floor WC in dwellings with two or more storeys As Lifetime Homes 1600-1700 deep x 1200-1300 wide (dependant on door positioning) As Category 3a  
Provision of bathroom facilities - general requirements   A bathroom with WC, basin, and a bath or an accessible floor level shower located on the same storey as the main bedroom. A bathroom with WC, basin, and a bath (with provision for a potential level access shower if not provided elsewhere) on the same storey as the principal bedroom. A wetroom with WC, basin, and accessible floor level shower for 2-3 bedspaces in a single storey dwelling. Refer to AD Part M table 3.5 for details of other dwelling types. As Category 3a  
Bathroom / shower room - internal dimensions   2100 x 2100 recommended (to offer a degree of choice and flexibility) 2150 x 2000 (to offer a degree of flexibility of door position) 2600 x 2200 or 2450 x 2450. Suitable for up to 4 bedspaces. As Category 3a 2450 x 2200 (calculated from turning / access diagram)
Showering zone   1000 x 1000 As Lifetime Homes 1200 x 1200 As Category 3a 1200 x 1200 recommended
Grab rail support / fixings in sanitary facilities   On all walls within a height band of 300 1800 from the floor On all walls, ducts, and boxings On all walls, ducts, and boxings As Category 3a All walls and ceiling are adequate for fixing of hoists, seats, supports and other fittings.
Hoist requirements   Route identified from main bedroom to bathroom. Structure in place for future installation   Ceiling structure of WCs / bathrooms and every bedroom capable for the fitting of a hoist As Category 3a Knockout panel identified from main bedroom to bathroom. Structure in place for future installation in all bedrooms
KITCHEN[+]
Kitchen   1200 clear in front of units (1500 turning circle recommended) As Lifetime Homes 1500 clear in front of cupboards As Category 3a 1500 x 1800 clear manouvering space
Kitchen worktop length (to accommodate appliances + fittings)       4330 (2 bedspaces) / 4730 (3-4 bedspaces) / 5630 (5 bedspaces) / 6730 (6-8 bedspaces). 6130 (2 bedspaces) / 6530 (3-4 bedspaces)/ 7430 (5 bedspaces) / 8530 (6-8 bedspaces). See Approved Document Part M Section 3.34 for additional kitchen specification Kitchen worktop length not prescribed. 'Adequate' accessible storage capacity should be able to be retained where clear knee space is provided underneath the sink, hob or oven.
WINDOWS[+]
Window heights   800 maximum cill height in living room 850 maximum cill height in living room 850 maximum cill height in living room As Category 3a 800 maximum cill height (excludes kitchen and bathroom). Avoid transoms between 800-1500 high
Window approach   750 clear width (excludes kitchen window above worktop) 750 clear width required in bedrooms only 750 clear width required in bedrooms only As Category 3a 1000
Window controls - height   maximum 1200 above floor level main living room window controls within 450-1200 above floor level (all other windows 450-1400) main living room window is within 700-1000 above floor level (all other windows 450-1200) As Category 3a Must be accessible for a wheelchair user.
SERVICE CONTROLS[+]
Switches + socket heights 450-1200 above floor level 450-1200 above floor level and 300 from any corner As Lifetime Homes 700-1000 from floor level and 700 away from any corner. As Category 3a  
Consumer unit switch height 1350-1450 above floor level As Category 1 As Category 1 As Category 1 As Category 1  
Intercom / door entry system       Required with door release facility in main bedroom / living space As Category 3a  
thermostats / heating controls     900-1200 above floor level Radiator controls 450-1000 above floor level. As Category 3a  
PRIVATE OUTDOOR SPACE[+]
Balcony / terrace dimensions       1500 depth with 1500 clear turning circle As Category 3a