The New Part Q & What It Means For You
The new Approved Document Q (Security - Dwellings) was recently published and came into effect in England on 1st October 2015, bringing a minimum level of security into new dwellings.
What is the requirement?
Requirement QI states:
Reasonable provision must be made to prevent unauthorised access to:
- Any dwelling
- Any part of a building from which access can be gained to a flat within the building.
Approved Document Q is designed to ensure the prevention of unauthorised access to dwellings (including flats). As part of this, doors and windows or roof lights which could be accessed will need to resist physical attack by a casual or opportunist burglar. They therefore must be sufficiently robust, fitted with appropriate hardware and most importantly, be proven to have security performance.
What does Easily Accessible include?
Either: a window or doorway, any part of which is within 2m vertically of an accessible level surface such as the ground or basement level, or an access balcony, or a window within 2m vertically of a flat or sloping roof (with a pitch of less than 30°) that is within 3.5m of ground level.
Do I need to comply?
As with the introduction of other Building Regulations, Approved Document Q will be phased in. The regulation applies to all new buildings, unless a full plans application, or the building notice was submitted before 1st October 2015 (in which case, the actual work needs to be started prior to 1st October 2016). This means that a developer submitting plans from 1st October 2015 will need to ensure that the buildings comply with Approved Document Q. For example, if a developer submitted plans for a dwelling on 13th September 2015, the dwelling would not need to comply with Approved Document Q. However, they would need to start building before 1st October 2016 in order to be exempt. Click the below image below to see if you need to comply.