socket and light switch heights

On 27 Aug 2003 05:16:15 -0700, a particular chimpanzee named (David Robinson) randomly hit the keyboard and produced:

The guidelines to provide sockets, switches, etc at certain heights are contained in Approved Document 'M', which gives guidance on ways of complying with the requirements of Part M of Schedule 1 of the Building Regulations 2000 (as amended). This particular Part specifically states "The requirements of this Part do not apply to - (a) a material alteration; (b) an extension to a dwelling, or any other extension which does not include a ground storey".
Under Regulation 4, if you are altering a building which doesn't comply (rather than changing its use), then there's no obligation to "improve" it. If the building was built before the requirements came into force (in this case 1999), then even if they happen to meet the current guidelines, the requirement can't be applied retrospectively.
In other words, there's no control over the height of your sockets or switches.
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