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The principal entrance to a building should be accessible for disabled and
non-disabled people alike. Many existing small shops and similar buildings have
steps and doorways which are inaccessible to some people, such as wheelchair
Possible solutions include:
At some locations it may be possible to regrade or reshape the pavement, to
raise it to the threshold levels of existing buildings. This requires the prior
permission of the Highway Authority (by a Highway Opening Order under the New
Roads and Street Works Act 1991). It is important that any regrading is done
carefully to avoid creating gradients which would cause a problem for pedestrians
on the footway.
The construction of a ramp on a footway (public highway) can be considered
only if it is structurally impossible to achieve a satisfactory solution within
the curtilage of the building and/or by footway regrading. An access ramp on
a public highway will not always be approved.
The need for a ramp must be balanced against the following considerations:
If approval is given, it is recommended that a licence or legal agreement be drawn up, setting out responsibilities and liabilities for maintenance and repairs etc.
ramps, External ramps design criteria, Temporary/portable
ramps, Internal ramps
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