Building Regulations

Ceildoor Products Ltd manufacture a range of access panels and hatches to meet the needs of the construction industry. We maintain high standards in the quality of manufacture, but also strictly in compliance with UK government regulations.

It means you can be reassured our products have undergone independent testing and have achieved their criteria. We can provide accreditation upon request.

To help you make an informed decision, this page has general information related to our access panels and hatches but you can find the most up to date documentation on the UK government’s website for planning and building regulations for England and Wales – PlanningPortal.gov.uk

Gas Safe Register

The Gas Safe register maintains a list of qualified gas engineers who can install and advise on gas equipment such as boilers and stoves. An access panel would be required to allow a Gas Safe registered engineer to inspect concealed flues and thus ensure it is working safely.

You can find a local Gas Safe registered engineer on the Official Gas Safe website, and also information specific to access panels too.

Part J – Heat producing appliances

Access panels and hatches form part of a requirement to allow access to inspect concealed gas flues for heat producing appliances such as boilers, open hearths, gas cookers etc.

The following information has been taken from Section 1.47 of Approved Document J (2010 Edition):

Where a flue is routed within a void, appropriate means of access at strategic locations should be provided to allow the following aspects to be visually checked and confirmed. This is neccessary both when an appliance is first installed and subsequently when the appliance is serviced:

  • the flue is continuous throughout its length;
  • all joints appear correctly assembled and are appropriately sealed;
  • the flue is adequately supported throughout its length;
  • any required gradient of fall back to the boiler (required to recover the condensate produced as part of the combustion process) and any other required drain points have been provided.

Means of access for flues needs to be sufficiently sized and positioned to allow a visual inspection to be undertaken of the flue, particularly at any joints in the flue.

Any ‘means of access’ should not impair any fire, thermal or acoustic requirements of the Building Regulations. Refer to the relevant guidance in Approved Documents B, L and E.

Access hatches should be at least 300mm x 300mm or larger where necessary to allow sufficient access to the void to look along the length of the flue.

Part E

We are currently reviewing building regulation guidelines for Part E to help you make an informed decision, please come back to see updated information or contact us directly for further details.

Part L

We are currently reviewing building regulation guidelines for Part L to help you make an informed decision, please come back to see updated information or contact us directly for further details.