Last edited 29 Sep 2020

Approved Document K

The first set of national building standards was introduced in 1965. Now known as the building regulations, they set out:

The 'approved documents' provide guidance for how the building regulations can be satisfied in common building situations. There is no obligation to adopt the solutions presented in the approved documents, the building regulations can be satisfied in other ways.

Approved Document K: protection from falling, collision and impact, was last published in 2013.

It sets standards for the design of stairways, ramps and ladders, together with requirements for balustrading, windows, and vehicle barriers to prevent falling. It also includes requirements for guarding against, and warning of, hazards from the use and position of doors and windows.

The content of the Approved Document includes:

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