When is an accessibility statement required?

You must submit an accessibility statement with applications that involve the creation of new residential accommodation, including changes of use and conversions.

What information should be included in an accessibility statement?

The statement should explain how your proposals meet the principles of lifetime neighbourhoods, and how you have achieved the highest practicable standards of accessibility and inclusivity.

For new build housing, the statement should include plans, or reference plans, that show the following to demonstrate compliance with the optional Building Control requirements:

  • the measures you use to achieve the requirements of the relevant standards under Building Regulations Part M4(2)
  • for schemes with six or more additional homes, the layout of the wheelchair adaptable units, their location, and annotate to show you meet relevant standards under Building Regulations Part M4(3)
  • where social-affordable rented homes are proposed, the plans and schedule should show which affordable homes will comply with M4(3) - (2)(b) 'wheelchair accessible dwellings'

How do I submit an accessibility statement?

If you apply for planning permission online using the Planning Portal, you will be given the opportunity to upload your accessibility statement after you have completed the relevant application forms. Before uploading any files, please read our guidance notes for submitting electronic files with planning applications.

Guidance notes for submitting electronic files with planning applications (PDF).

If you choose to submit a paper-based application instead, you will need to provide 4 copies of the statement along with 4 copies of the relevant application forms.

Where can I find more information?