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Building Control - Disabled Access Officer

Local Authority Building Control Logo On this page; text and pictures from 'Building Control Handbook' of the Essex Building Control Surveyors Association.

Quite apart from the requirements in the Building Regulations most local authorities in Essex have appointed their Chief Building Surveyor as Access Officer.

The Access Officer's tasks are primarily to support the Local Access Group and their Local Authority to ensure a convenient and accessibly built environment for the whole community, with particular reference to people with disabilities.

Other tasks for an Access Officer can include:    

  • Preparation or implementation of a comprehensive policy programme on Access within the context of the Local Authority.
  • To provide specialist advice, including consultations and interpretations to applicants in respect of planning and other applications to local authorities.
  • To provide suitable design guidance for the creation of an accessible environment.
  • To provide specialist advice, including consultations and interpretations to applicants in respect of planning and other applications to local authorities.
  • To promote and encourage the virtues and values of Access and to extend the awareness of the limiting effects of inconsiderate practices in respect of environmental design in order to create more user friendly facilities within the community.
  • To obtain form the Local Access Group a consensus view as to the priorities of the community in order to influence practices and policies in the area.
  • To review and update the design criteria in line with the needs of the community in the light of experience gained.
  • To maintain a liaison with other local authorities, national and local organisations, manufacturers and suppliers to monitor developments and initiatives which may benefit the local community.
  • To identify local impediments to Access and suggest suitable measures for improvements.
  • To research and provide recommendations for the improvement of Access to other areas such as Housing and Special Needs Adaptations, Public Transport, Education, Sports and Recreation, Electoral Administration etc.
  • To recommend measures to remove impediments to the employment of disabled people.
  • To assist in the implementation of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 where applicable.

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