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Can a Door Open Directly From Bathroom to Kitchen?

By: Chris Hogan MSc - Updated: 24 Jul 2017 | comments*Discuss
 
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Q.

My friend has an outhouse attached to her house and is currently in the process of knocking a hole through the kitchen wall direct to the outhouse and turning this into a toilet/bathroom.

This will mean that when finished she can open one door from the kitchen directly into the bathroom. Are there not health and hygiene regulations that state two doors should be between the kitchen and the new bathroom?

(L.G, 21 April 2009)

A.

As with so many questions about house conversions, the answer is yes, no, 'it depends' and 'you'll have to ask'. It's impossible to give a definitive answer to a specific situation but we can certainly give guidelines.

Health, Hygiene and Extensions

Firstly there aren't really any health or hygiene regulations that are applied to houses and extension builds. There is a section on hygiene aspect in the building regulations though.

It does seem that in the past this section of the building regulations made it necessary to have two doors in between a kitchen and a toilet. But although it's quite easy to discover what the current building regulations are, it's not as easy to discover what they used to be.

Two Doors No Longer Appear Necessary

Certainly some experts believe that this was dictated in building regulations but has now been relaxed, and others think that it was an interpretation of building regulations that was incorrect, and today's interpretation is different.

Either way, it means that your friend now has a chance of doing what she wants without having to somehow work it so that there are two doors between the kitchen and bathroom with toilet. As long as there is a basin where people can wash their hands before returning to the kitchen then one door is sufficient. If there's no toilet in the new bathroom then it would be more likely to be approved with only one door.

Building Control Application

The not so good news, although it's not a deal-breaker, is that your friend must go to her regional authority to get building control approval regardless of the way she wants to do it. This is because moving a bathroom and the installation of a toilet are both jobs that require building control approval, whether or not there are two doors or one between the new bathroom and the kitchen.

So the answer at the end of all that is that your friend probably can do what she wants but she will have to discuss it with building control and get approval. She can find out more about making applications under building regulations on this site.

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Kittyshop - Your Question:
I have an extension with an existing bathroom attached but it used to be a wet room so is quite big. It contains a shower toilet and sink and has a window. If I move the sink across by about 1.5m I can put a partition in but was wondering if it would be ok to use the other section (where sink is now) to put a kitchenette in and let it all out. The window would still cover both areas.

Our Response:
You should check with your own local planning and building control department about this as we don't have enough information to comment really.
ExtensionBuild - 27-Jul-17 @ 2:10 PM
I have an extension with an existing bathroom attached but it used to be a wet room so is quite big. It contains a shower toilet and sink and has a window. If I move the sink across by about 1.5m I can put a partition in but was wondering if it would be ok to use the other section (where sink is now) to put a kitchenette in and let it all out. The window would still cover both areas.
Kittyshop - 24-Jul-17 @ 5:45 PM
do you need doors from toilet from sleeping and eating area i have just one
cn - 19-Jan-17 @ 6:15 PM
It may comply with current Building Regulations but. it is not a good idea to hear someone on the WC! smells etc. when opening a WC compartment or bathroom with a WC directly onto a Kitchen/Living room etc. The exception may be an en-suite bathroom/WC/shower room situation.John Clinch Consultant
JonnyorJC - 13-Oct-16 @ 12:16 PM
Taffjohn - Your Question:
In a new building built in 2015 should the workplace toilet doors off the main reception have two doors or one? We have just started in our new building and the smell of human waste is entering into the reception as we only have one door into the 2 meters by 1 meter toilets.

Our Response:
Check with your local building control officer but in general the rules is that toilets must not open directly into a room where food is handled.
ExtensionBuild - 10-Oct-16 @ 12:49 PM
In a new building built in 2015 should the workplace toilet doors off the main reception have two doors or one? We have just started in our new building and the smell of human waste is entering into the reception as we only have one door into the 2 meters by 1 meter toilets.
Taffjohn - 7-Oct-16 @ 11:59 AM
Shabbap - Your Question:
I'm in a flat toilet door is in my kitchen it's got no fan no opening window no fan in kitchen plz help where can I complain

Our Response:
Complain to your landlord in the first instance.
ExtensionBuild - 16-Sep-16 @ 11:24 AM
I'm in a flat toilet door is in my kitchen it's got no fan no opening window no fan in kitchen plz help where can i complain
Shabbap - 15-Sep-16 @ 6:39 AM
i am thinking a lot of times how far the kitchen are to a bathroom ? i have one space its just looks like one rectangle area, half is kitchen 3/4 is bathroom and 3/4 is space for tables , i am planning to build my small business ,just like food canteen/pantry but i want to make sure if my area is good . thank guys . i am reading all comments here and it make me helps a lot . so amazing thank you guys love yah
jeroz - 24-Mar-16 @ 11:52 AM
hi there! , just only inquiring for all informations that i need to know i am planning to get a bussines but that case i need to get more info, i have small kitchen area which is closes/near to my bathroom, definitely is is one section(one floor) i need to pass my sanitary permit, to check it out if that would be ok? you know what i mean? hehe
jeroz - 24-Mar-16 @ 11:41 AM
Building Regulations 1976P3 Sanitary accommodation - not to open directly on to a kitchen, living/dining room, or workroom.Don't know when it changed, but it wasn't a good idea.
J - 28-Nov-12 @ 3:12 PM
I have just had a kitchen/dining extension built and this now means the bathroom will open into the kitchen. My installer says I will have to have 2 doors between the kitchen and bathroom, this would mean I would lose 3 feet from the size of the bathroom. There is an extractor fan in the bathroom and a friend tells me I no longer need 2 doors as building regs have changed. Who is correct please. Many thanks
halipaly - 20-Jul-12 @ 10:13 AM
This is not a comment but question. Do you need two doors leading to a toilet from a eating area?
woody - 13-Jul-11 @ 11:07 PM
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