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When thinking about installing a stairlift in your home, you might have questions about stairlift building regulations.

It’s extremely rare that you’ll need to carry out any structural changes to your property to install a stairlift. However, if you want to improve access around your home for a wheelchair, you may need to widen doorways for example. These changes to your property will need to comply with UK building regs. This will ensure your home stays safe and sound.



Part M of the Building Regulations 2015 focuses on residential and commercial property access. It states that stairs in new build homes must be a minimum width of 850mm to allow for the future installation of a stairlift. However, if your stairlift is narrow, there are options for compact stairlifts to help you get around.

Most BSI advice and standards in relation to stairlift installation aim to ensure your safety and the safety of others in an emergency. Stairlifts must not cause an obstruction when installed in domestic or public spaces, and must only be used as a last resort for the evacuation of a property.

Do you need planning permission to install a stairlift?

You won’t need planning permission for a stairlift as it shouldn’t affect the structural integrity of your home or commercial setting. Our modern stairlift installation methods mean that the stairlift track is fitted to the floor. So there’s no need even for drilling into walls.

If you opt for a stairlift alternative, like a platform lift, you may need to apply for planning permission. This is because you may need to cut a hole into your floors to create an access point for the lift, which could affect the integrity of the building.


Ask the Experts

If you have any other queries about stairlift installation, call us today on 0800 644 7766. Our team of stairlift experts are on hand to answer any of your questions, at any time of day. We can help you carry out a virtual survey of your home. This way we can recommend the best new or reconditioned stairlift options for your home.  Take a look at our stairlift measuring guide to get started. We’ll give you a FREE no-obligation quote and the time and space to make your own mind up. We look forward to hearing from you.