Sanitary convenience provision

Under the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1976, the council has outlined the number of sanitary conveniences that are to be provided at a 'relevant place'.

The aim of this policy is to provide guidance and consistency on enforcement of sanitary accommodation in food businesses and other relevant premises.

The Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1976 – section 20 allows that a local authority may serve a notice on an owner or occupier of a 'relevant place' (see below) within their area requiring them:

  • In a specified time in a specified position to provide sanitary accommodation of specified kinds and number;
  • To maintain and clean such items;
  • To provide and maintain a proper supply of such things for use in connection with the appliances as are specified (these may be or include cold and/or hot water);
  • To make the facilities available to customers, if required to, free of charge.

'Relevant place' means:

A place includes a place, which is normally used or is proposed to be normally used for any of the following purposes:  

  • The sale of food or drink to members of the public for consumption at the place.
  • A place which is used on some occasion or occasions or is proposed to be used on some occasion or occasions for any of the purposes aforesaid; and
  • A betting office.

Read our full policy on the provision of sanitary convenience in relevant places.

Need further help or information?

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