Approved Document M - Access to and use of buildings - Volume 2: Buildings other than dwellings

This document covers the requirements for access to and the use of new buildings, including dwellings, for everyone. It also includes access and sanitary conveniences to extensions of buildings other than dwellings. The document includes many useful diagrams on how to show compliance with the regulations, along with details on Access Statements.

Download Approved Document M - Volume 2: Buildings other than dwellingsApproved Document M - Volume 2: Buildings other than dwellings

PDF file: 1.89MB, 74 pages

2015 edition: Valid from 1 October 2015

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The requirements in this edition of Approved Document M - Volume 2: Buildings other than dwellings are as follows:

M1 - Access and use
Reasonable provision shall be made for people to -
(a) gain access to; and
(b) use the building and its facilities.

Limits on application
Requirement M1 does not apply to any part of a building which is used solely to enable the building or any service or fitting in the building to be inspected, repaired or maintained.

M2 - Access to extensions to buildings other than dwellings
Suitable independent access shall be provided to the extension where reasonably practicable.

Limits on application
Requirement M2 does not apply where suitable access to the extension is provided through the building that is extended.

M3 - Sanitary conveniences in extensions to buildings other than dwellings
If sanitary conveniences are provided in any building that is to be extended, reasonable provision shall be made within the extension for sanitary conveniences.

Limits on application
Requirement M3 does not apply where there is reasonable provision for sanitary conveniences elsewhere in the building, such that people occupied in, or otherwise having occasion to enter the extension, can gain access to and use those sanitary conveniences.

Archived copies of Approved Document M

Download Approved Document M 2004 edition incorporating 2010 and 2013 amendmentsApproved Document M - 2004 edition incorporating 2010 and 2013 amendments

PDF file: 5.85MB, 36 pages

Valid from 6 April 2013 until 1 October 2015

The requirement in this edition was:
M1 - Access and use
M2 - Access to extensions to buildings other than dwellings
M3 - Sanitary conveniences in extensions to buildings other than dwellings
M4 - Sanitary conveniences in dwellings


Download 2013 amendments2013 Amendments

PDF file: 478KB, 54 pages

2013 amendments: Valid from 6 April 2013 until 1 October 2015


Download Approved Document M 2004 edition incorporating 2010 amendmentsApproved Document M - 2004 edition incorporating 2010 amendments

PDF file: 4.42MB, 87 pages

Valid from 1 October 2010 until 6 April 2013

The requirement in this edition was:
M1 - Access and use
M2 - Access to extensions to buildings other than dwellings
M3 - Sanitary conveniences in extensions to buildings other than dwellings
M4 - Sanitary conveniences in dwellings


Download Approved Document M 2004 editionApproved Document M - 2004 edition

PDF file: 2.20MB, 85 pages

Valid from 1 May 2004 until 1 October 2010

The requirement in this edition was:
M1 - Access and use
M2 - Access to extensions to buildings other than dwellings
M3 - Sanitary conveniences in extensions to buildings other than dwellings
M4 - Sanitary conveniences in dwellings


Download Approved Document M 1992 editionApproved Document M - 1999 edition

PDF file: 5.85MB, 36 pages

Valid from 25 October 1999 until 1 May 2004

The requirement in this edition was:
M1 - Interpretation
M2 - Access and use
M3 - Sanitary conveniences
M4 - Audience or spectator seating


Approved Document M 1992 editionApproved Document M - 1992 edition

No download currently available

Valid from 1 June 1992 until 25 October 1999

The requirement in this edition was:
M1 - Interpretation
M2 - Access and use
M3 - Sanitary conveniences
M4 - Audience or spectator seating


Approved Document M 1987 editionApproved Document M - 1987 edition

No download currently available

Valid from November 1987 until 1 June 1992

The requirement in this edition was:
M2 - Means of access
M3 - Sanitary conveniences
M4 - Audience or spectator seating


Quick links to other Approved Documents

The regulations cover all aspects of construction and are constantly reviewed. The guidance documents referred to as 'Approved Documents' contain practical ways and explanations of how to comply with the functional requirements of the Building Regulations.

These 'Approved Documents' are separated into 20 parts:

  • Part A - Structure
  • Part B (Volume 1) - Fire safety (Dwellings)
  • Part B (Volume 2) - Fire safety (Buildings other than dwellings)
  • Part C - Site preparation and resistance to contaminants and moisture
  • Part D - Toxic substances
  • Part E - Resistance to the passage of sound
  • Part F - Ventilation
  • Part G - Hygiene
  • Part H - Drainage and waste disposal
  • Part J - Combustion appliances and fuel storage systems
  • Part K - Protection from falling, collision and impact
  • Part L1A - Conservation of fuel and power in new dwellings
  • Part L1B - Conservation of fuel and power in existing dwellings
  • Part L2A - Conservation of fuel and power in new buildings other than dwellings
  • Part L2B - Conservation of fuel and power in existing buildings other than dwellings
  • Part M (Volume 1) - Access to and use of buildings (Dwellings)
  • Part M (Volume 2) - Access to and use of buildings (Buildings other than dwellings)
  • Part P - Electrical safety - Dwellings
  • Part Q - Security - Dwellings
  • Part R - Physical infrastructure for high-speed electronic communications networks
  • Regulation 7 - Materials and workmanship