The purpose of the Code of Practice

The purpose of this Code of Practice is to guide public bodies on how to make their public buildings accessible to persons with disabilities. Persons with disabilities are of all ages, sizes, abilities. People of diverse abilities should be able to use buildings and places comfortably and safely, as far as possible without assistance.

Public bodies will be obliged to meet the requirements and fulfil the recommendations set out within this Code of Practice. The Disability Act specifies that when a public body meets the requirements of this Code of Practice it is seen as being compliant with Section 25 of the Act. The NDA has the power to monitor public bodies on the implementation of this Code and report on how well they are doing.

This Code will not provide technical detail such as the dimensions of toilets, the gradient of ramps, the width of doors, because this detail is already found in the technical guidance document for Part M of the Building Regulations. Public bodies are obliged to ensure their buildings meet the requirements of Part M of the Building Regulations.

The aim of the Code of Practice is to improve the accessibility of public buildings by helping public bodies understand what is required under Section 25 of the Disability Act so that they can provide public buildings that can be accessed by all.

Code of Practice on Public Buildings Consultation

Code of Practice on Public Buildings - Easy to Read

How has the draft Code of Practice been developed?

The NDA has developed this draft Code of Practice with the help of a Technical Expert Group made up of representation from a Disabled Persons Organisation (DPO), stakeholders within the public service and built environment experts.

The content of this draft Code of Practice has been informed by consultation with disabled people including members of DPO’s.

International best practice along with the recommendations within the report, ‘An Operational Review of the Effectiveness of Section 25 of the Disability Act 2005: NDA Report’ have also informed the content of this draft Code.

Public consultation on the draft Code of Practice

We want to hear your feedback on the Draft Code of Practice on Accessible Public Buildings.

This public consultation gives you the opportunity to provide feedback on the draft Code of Practice on Accessible Public Buildings and become involved in the development process by submitting your views to us.

We invite Disabled Persons Organisations (DPO’s) to provide their feedback on the Code of Practice on Accessible Public Buildings. We also welcome feedback from persons with disabilities, their families and advocates, organisations and service providers for people with disabilities, and all members of the public who have an interest on the accessibility of public buildings.

As this Code of Practice will apply to all public buildings owned, managed or controlled by a public body, we also wish for feedback from public bodies. We especially wish to learn the thoughts of those staff members who have a role in planning, design, construction, management or maintenance of public buildings and those who are responsible for ensuring and reporting on corporate compliance.

We will carefully assess all feedback received and use it in the process of finalising the Code of Practice on Accessible Public Buildings.

Public consultation on the draft monitoring indicators

We welcome your thoughts on the draft monitoring indicators.

An indicator is a metric by which compliance with a particular requirement can be determined. It also offers a way of tracking and measuring progress over time. The NDA monitors a public body's compliance with Codes of Practices by assessing the extent to which the agreed indicators are achieved. The NDA reports and publishes the findings. It is important to note that even where an indicator can be assessed as achieved using objective appraisal, the subjective experience of individuals in real-time may differ from this.

We have produced draft indicators derived from the draft Code of Practice on Accessible Public Buildings. These indicators are preliminary. The NDA proposes to monitor these a number of ways including requesting public bodies to complete survey questions and provide information and evidence.

These indicators are subject to change based on the feedback we receive from this consultation. There will be further consultation on these indicators after we consolidate the Code of Practice on Accessible Public Buildings for submission to the Minister.

We invite you, if you wish, to provide feedback on the draft monitoring indicators by completing the additional consultation questions within the survey.

How to give Feedback

Online survey

The fastest way to provide your views is by completing the online questionnaire.

Written submission by email or post

You can also send us a written submission by downloading and completing either the written submission template or the easy to read questionnaire below and then emailing or posting your completed questionnaire to us at: nda@nda.ie

Alternatively, you can post the completed questionnaire to us at:

Code of Practice Consultation

NDA

25 Clyde Road

D04E409

Irish Sign Language

If you wish to provide feedback through ISL, you can send a video to us on WhatsApp to: 085 879 7518


Deadline

The deadline for receipt of all feedback is 5pm on 26 June 2023

Next steps

Once the period for receiving feedback has ended, the NDA will review and analyse the responses. The feedback will inform further development of the draft Code of Practice for Accessible Public Buildings and the monitoring indicators. The draft Code of Practice and the monitoring indicators will be presented to the NDA Board for sign off. The Code of Practice on Accessible Public Buildings will then be provided to the Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth for approval as a statutory instrument, after which it will be published.

Following publication, the NDA will commence monitoring of this new Code of Practice.

Further Information

Further information on the NDA’s work on the Built Environment can be found on our website at:

https://universaldesign.ie/built-environment/