Disability Access Services
According to Building Control Regulations “A building shall not be opened, operated or occupied unless a Disability Access Certificate has been granted.”
A Disability Access Certificate (DAC) is issued by the building control section of the Local Authority. It certifies that the proposed works have been assessed and that the proposed drawings, when built, will meet the requirements of Part M of the Building Control Regulations.
S.I. 351 of 2009 introduced Disability Access Certificates. ORS carries out accessibility appraisals and accessibility audits for our residential, commercial, educational, retail and healthcare clients.
ORS works with public, private and voluntary sectors to ensure that every aspect of disability is considered in the built environment. We make sure that accessibility is both compliant with Part M of the Building Regulations and to the highest standards.
ORS can offer a “joined up” service of the Fire Safety Certificate application (safe egress) and Disability Access Certificate application (safe access) providing an economic design solution to our clients.
We do this by undertaking all designs, drawings and documentation together. However, it is important to note that the Fire Safety Certificate application is a completely separate process to the Disability Access Certificate process, with separate departments of the Local Authorities accessing the applications.
Our Services Include;
- Disability Access Certificate Applications
- Disability Auditing
- Access Auditing of the built environment including existing buildings and streetscapes
- Strategic Access Reviews/Access Policy/Action Plans
- Disability Proofing and Design Appraisals
- Consultation and Facilitation
- Design Team Access Consultancy
- Accessibility Advice
- Accessibility Due Diligence Audits and Reports
- Signage and Wayfinding Audits, Appraisals and Accessibility Advice
- Expert Witness
- Suitable Adaption of Historic Buildings
- Accessibility Housing