Statutory guidance

Security in dwellings: Approved Document Q

Building regulation for England covering security in dwellings.


Approved Document Q: security, dwellings

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This edition covers the standards for doors and windows to resist physical attack by a burglar. It includes standards on being both sufficiently robust and fitted with appropriate hardware.

This also supports requirement Q1 of schedule 1 to the Building Regulations 2010. Requirement Q 1 applies only in relation to new dwellings and provides that reasonable provision must be made to resist unauthorised access to any dwelling; and any part of a building from which access can be gained to a flat within the building.

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Published 5 March 2015