Changing Places Toilets Specification

Changing Places rooms should be 12m2 (smaller rooms down to 10m2 will be considered on a case by case basis where there is no alternative) and include the key equipment highlighted below. Please see the updated Doc M Guidance on the legislation for the UK detailing where Changing Places rooms are to be included.

Typical Changing Places Layout with Key Equipment

For the full equipment list and design guidance, download the comprehensive guide: ‘Design and Approach to Installing Changing Places’

Designing a Changing Places Toilet

Changing Places state that builders must meet a certain standard and criteria to be registered on the Changing Places map and to be allowed to use the Changing Places logo. This is to ensure that any facility advertised as a Changing Places toilet meets the expectations and needs of the people who intend to use them.

A Changing Places must comply to the British Standard BS8300:2018 for the design of buildings and their approaches to meet the needs of disabled people. It provides guidance on good practice for the design of new buildings and their approaches to meet the needs of disabled people.

To be registered online, the facilities must be open to the public. Also, Changing Places toilets should be installed in addition to, not in replacement of, standard accessible toilets for independent use.

Space Required

We recommend that the dimensions of the room are a minimum of 12m2 (3m x 4m), with a ceiling height of 2.4m. Some facilities listed as Changing Places will be smaller than 12m2. This reflects the standards of Changing Places toilets when the campaign was launched in 2006, before the British Standard 8300:2018 came into practice.

Facilities which do not provide all the features in the Changing Places Standard section below, or alternative layouts, may not be identified as a Changing Places toilet. However, they may still be of benefit to disabled people and their carers, and as such information regarding these facilities may be included on the website.