Accessible Toilets Guidance
Everyone needs to use a toilet in one way or another but for some people access, the dimensions and layout are vitally important and can determine whether or not they can use the facility. Published by East Ayrshire Council.
Active Design Guidelines: Promoting Physical Activity and Health in Design
The publication seeks to educate designers about opportunities to increase daily physical activity. Published by the City of New York
BS 8300-2:2018: Design of an accessible and inclusive built environment. Buildings. Code of practice
British Standard 8300:2009+A1:2010. Design of buildings and their approaches to meet the needs of disabled people. Code of practice. Published by British Standards Institute.
BS 9266:2013: Design of accessible and adaptable general needs housing – Code of practice
BS 9266:2013 gives recommendations for the design of accessible and adaptable general needs housing, whether in the form of flats or individual houses. The guidance can be purchased from
Published by the British Standards Institute
Building for Everyone: A Universal Design Approach
Good practice guidance on how to design, build and manage buildings and spaces so that they can be accessed and used by everyone. Published by National Disability Authority
Building for Everyone: A Universal Design Approach - Sanitary facilities
Good practice guidance relating to accessible sanitary facilities. The guidance covers single-sex toilets, unisex toilets, toilets for people who need assistance, shower rooms, bathrooms and changing rooms. There is also guidelines for the design and provision of accessories and services common to all sanitary facilities, such as: Grabrails, Mirrors, Soap dispensers, signage and Waste disposal.
Building standards technical handbook 2019: non-domestic buildings
The mandatory standard for safe access within buildings that meets Building (Scotland) Regulations 2004. Includes guidance on the width of doors, accessible hallway dimensions , and horizontal circulation in common areas.
Changing Places Toilets: The Practical Guide
Provides practical guidance on the design and management of a Changing Places (CP) toilet, as well as an understanding of why they are needed and who is likely to benefit from them. Published by the Changing Places Consortium.
Dementia-friendly Housing Design
Best practice guidance for dementia-friendly housing and care home design. Published by the Dementia Centre
Domestic and Non-Domestic Technical Handbooks
The Technical Handbooks provide guidance on achieving the standards set in the Building (Scotland) Regulations 2004 and are available in two volumes, Domestic buildings and Non-domestic buildings. Scottish Building Standards
The site is free to use and is managed by the Scottish Government in partnership with all Scottish planning authorities. It provides an easy-to-use way for you to complete and send in planning applications, notices of review, appeals and other permission needed under planning law. It also allows you to attach relevant documents, buy and mark up a location plan and pay the application fee electronically.
General design guidance for healthcare buildings
This Health Building Note (HBN) gives general design guidance for healthcare buildings. It provides an overall picture of the design issues and future-proofing requirements that need to be addressed in a healthcare project. Published by the Department of Health
Global Disability Innovation Hub
The Global Disability Innovation Hub is a collaboration between partners who are closely connected to Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, and the communities and experts who delivered the London 2012 Paralympic Games. The collective aim of the Hub is to change the way we think about disability through co-design, collaboration, and innovation.
Housing Options Guide for Disabled People in Scotland
This guide has been compiled to provide housing information and advice for disabled people in housing need. The aim is to set out clearly the housing options and strategies that disabled people can use to obtain a house that meets their needs. Published by Capability Scotland and the Glasgow Centre for Inclusive Living (GCIL).
The Lifetime Homes Standard
Lifetime Homes are ordinary homes designed to incorporate 16 Design Criteria that can be universally applied to new homes at minimal cost. Criterion includes: Parking, Entrances, Circulation Space, Stairs/Lifts, Bathrooms. Published by Lifetimehomes.
Wheelchair accessible housing Designing homes that can be easily adapted for residents who are wheelchair users
Good practice guidance on how to design homes that can be easily adapted for residents who are wheelchair users.