Access checklist


Approach to Building:


  • Dimensions and standards as per Building Regulations.
  • Provide adequate number of designated parking spaces convenient to entrance.
  • Control parking spaces to stop unauthorised parking.
  • Provide directional signs to designated parking spaces.
  • Provide signs beside and on the surface of the parking space.
  • Parking surfaces to be firm and level.
  • Route from car park to building entrance to be accessible.
  • Provide adequate lighting.
  • Ensure access and escape routes are not blocked by bicycles and vehicles.
  • Handrails on ramps and circulation routes to be free from parked bicycles: circulation routes to be kept free from vegetation and refuse bins.
  • Battery supplies to platform lifts to be permanently charged.
  • Route surfaces to be well maintained, clean, free of gravel, grit, mud and algae growth etc. Ice and snow must be removed to prevent accidents.
  • Areas being serviced or repaired to be adequately protected and alternative routes provided as necessary.




  • Dimensions and standards as per Building Regulations.
  • Provide directional signs toward the entrance.
  • Make all entrances accessible - avoid making only secondary and rear entrances accessible.
  • Provide adequate lighting.
  • Provide a canopy or door recess for people waiting to gain entrance.
  • Identify the entrance by structure, colour, sound and/or tactile differentiation of the ground.
  • Avoid sharp edges and hazardous projections.
  • Provide a level area outside and inside the doorway.
  • Approach to bells, letterboxes, door handles to be free of obstruction.
  • Doors to be swing type where possible, wheelchair accessible, easy to open and closing devices to be set at the minimum force needed to shut the door.
  • Provide powered doors where practicable and use presence sensors to detect movement in path of door travel.
  • Allow minimum 3 seconds opening time for automatic doors.
  • Provide button controls in accessible location.
  • Provide adequate space to accommodate door closing devices to ensure 800mm opening.
  • Use safety glazing to BS 6206 in glazed door panels and screens.
  • Ensure that doors on circulation routes have glazing dimensioned so as to allow people on either side to see through.
  • Permanently mark glazing in doors and screens at about 1500mm over floor level.
  • Entrance lobbies to be free of obstructions.


Horizontal circulation within the building

  • Door mats to be recessed or fixed flush with floor, to minimise the possibility of tripping.
  • Door closers to be set at the minimum force needed to shut the door.
  • Entrance lobbies to be free of obstruction.
  • Refuge areas to be kept free of obstructions.
  • Floors to be slip resistant, avoid deep-pile carpets.
  • Select non-reflective floor finishes.
  • Door frames to be in a contrasting colour to walls/door.
  • Ironmongery to be accessible.
  • Corridor width to comply with dimensions in Building Regulations.
  • Circulation routes are free of obstruction, both temporary and permanent.
  • Steps and changes of level to be clearly marked.
  • Stairs to have handrails on both sides.
  • Provide good lighting.


Vertical circulation

  • Standards of stairs, lifts, ramps etc. to comply with Building Regulations.
  • Stairs and ramps to be free of obstruction, particularly landings at top and bottom of ramps.
  • Lift car floor to align with finished floor level.



  • Number and design of toilets to comply with Building Regulations.
  • Provide signs to indicate nearest facilities.
  • Avoid the use of privacy lobbies.
  • Comply with recommended minimum dimensions in Building Regulations.
  • Provide sanitary fittings at the correct height and contrasting with the walls.
  • Avoid fittings with sharp edges.
  • Toilet transfer areas to be kept free of obstruction.
  • Provide slip-resistant floors.
  • Alarm facilities to be provided and any pull cords extend to within 1000 mm of the floor.
  • Taps, locks and handles to be lever type.
  • Ensure that transfer space is not reduced by boxed-in cisterns or other obstacles.
  • Sanitary disposal bins to be provided and regularly emptied and repositioned within reach of toilet.



  • Signage to be clear, legible, up-to-date and at the correct height.
  • Provide tactile signage.


Reception/Refreshment areas/Booking offices

  • Provide staff with disability equality training.
  • Reception desk/counter to be placed conspicuously, to permit easy location.
  • Desk/counter to be suitable for use from both sides by people whether standing or seated.
  • Desk to have counter loop fitted for communication with hearing aid users.
  • Provide communication aids for people with impaired hearing at booking offices or windows.
  • Provide ticket windows with lowered counters for people using wheelchairs.
  • Public telephone to be at height suitable for all users and equipped with inductive coupler.
  • For external communication, provide a textphone (Minicom) and fax as well as a standard telephone.
  • Select waiting area seating for ease of use.
  • Information to be available in large print, Braille, computer disk and audio tape.
  • Information boards to be at an accessible height for wheelchair users.
  • Guide dogs should be admitted (will need a water bowl).



  • Provide access to the stage as well as to the seating area.
  • Install induction loop/infra-red loop.
  • Disperse wheelchair accessible spaces throughout the auditoria.
  • Seats to have good back support and arm rests.
  • All step edges and changes of level to be readily identifiable.
  • Keep circulation routes, passageways and aisles free from obstruction.#
  • Install flashing fire alarm.
  • Undertake staff training and fire drills to incorporate the need of audience members with disabilities.

Showers/Dressing rooms:

  • These and all other backstage facilities should be accessible to all.




  • audio descriptions, sign interpreted and guided tours of exhibitions.
  • hanging exhibitions which take into consideration the sight lines of people with mobility impairments such as wheelchair users.
  • large print and Braille titles of art work.
  • thermoforms of major/interesting exhibits – these are tactile three-dimensional picture sets).
  • gloves to enable people with visual impairments to touch three dimensional work (where permissible).
  • seating in galleries with good back support and arm rests.


Some people may not be able to attend a programme in an arts venue. Outreach work in schools, sheltered workshops, day activity centres, clinics and so on are useful ways of bringing the arts to disabled people who may have had no previous contact.  Some people may want disability arts specific activities.