Brief outline of section G2 of the UK building regulations. This concerns bathrooms, and the requirements when building a new bathroom or renovating an existing bathroom.
G2 – Bathrooms
Planning Permission not usually required for renovations to existing bathrooms, unless a listed building.
- Any dwelling must provide a bathroom which includes a fixed bath / shower with access to both hot and cold water, and with a connection to a foul water draining system. If it does, then it will meet requirement G2.
- Dwellings are houses, flats, maisonettes, and are required to have at least one room that would pass as a bathroom.
- Bath or shower units should have a supply of hot water from a heating system, and piped cold water feed.
- Baths or showers should discharge waste water through a grating, a trap and branch discharge pipe to a discharge stack. If it is on the ground floor, then it is allowed to discharge directly into a foul drain.
- A bath or shower may be connected to a pump or macerator subject to European Technical Approval.
- If you are replacing your bath with a whirlpool bath or spa bath, they must meet other requirements of building regulations.
- When renovating a bathroom, floor strength must be checked against other building regulations.
- Any dwellings built after 1999 will require an accessible ground floor WC.
- Any renovations must not restrict accessibility or remove the WC.
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