NCC 2019 Volume Two
Part 3.8.3 Facilities

Part 3.8.3 Facilities

Appropriate Performance Requirements

Appropriate Performance Requirements

Where an alternative arrangement for facilities is proposed as a Performance Solution to that described in Part 3.8.3, that proposal must comply with—

  1. Performance RequirementP2.4.3; and
  2. the relevant Performance Requirements determined in accordance with A2.2(3) and A2.4(3) as applicable. Application

Compliance with this acceptable construction practice satisfies Performance Requirement P2.4.3 for facilities.

Explanatory information:

Explanatory information:

Additional requirements relating to facilities for people with a disability in Class 1b and Class 10a buildings are contained in Volume One of the BCA. These requirements are based on the Disability (Access to Premises – Buildings) Standards (Premises Standards) which are available from the Australian Government Attorney-General's Department website at Required facilities


A Class 1 building must be provided with—


a kitchen sink and facilities for the preparation and cooking of food; and


a bath or shower; and


clothes washing facilities, comprising at least one washtub and space in the same room for a washing machine; and


a closet pan; and


a washbasin.


If any of the facilities in (a) are detached from the main building, they must be set aside for the exclusive use of the occupants of the building.

Explanatory information:

Explanatory information:
  1. A kitchen sink or washbasin must not be counted as a laundry washtub. A laundry washtub is considered to provide the necessary means to dispose of waste water as required by P2.4.3(c).
  2. Installation requirements for certain electrical or gas cooking appliances may influence the selection of surrounding materials or the clearance to those materials. Construction of sanitary compartments

The door to a fully enclosed sanitary compartment must—


open outwards; or


slide; or


be readily removable from the outside of the compartment,

unless there is a clear space of at least 1.2 m, measured in accordance with Figure, between the closet pan within the sanitary compartment and the doorway.

Figure Construction of sanitary compartments

Explanatory information:

Explanatory information: requires means of removing an unconscious occupant from a fully enclosed sanitary compartment. If the enclosure has gaps that are large enough to allow access for a person into the sanitary compartment, the compartment is not considered enclosed for the purpose of this clause.

State and Territory Variations

State and Territory variations

Part is added as follows in Tasmania.

Installation of closet fixtures

  1. If a sufficient sewerage system is not available, an authorised alternative means of disposal of sewage may be installed.
  2. If sanitary facilities are not water-flushed, the following provisions apply.
    1. A pit latrine, an incinerating toilet, a chemical toilet, a removable pan or a non-flushing urinal must not be within 2 m of a building containing habitable rooms.
    2. The floor on which a removable pan is placed must be impervious.
    3. A room containing a composting toilet must be separated from habitable rooms by way of a permanently ventilated air lock (which may be a circulation space).
    4. The minimum ventilation required under (iii) shall be the greater of—
      1. 8000 mm2; or
      2. 1/500th of the floor area of the circulation space.
    5. Access for maintenance or removal of waste from a composting toilet must be by way of an access door which opens directly to the outside of the building.

Explanatory information: Cross-volume considerations

Explanatory information: Cross-volume considerations

NCC Volume Three contains a number of plumbing and drainage provisions which are relevant to facilities. These include, but may not be limited to, the following:

Access for maintenance of plumbing and drainage

Parts B1, B2, B3, C1 and C2

Heated water temperature control for facilities used for personal hygiene

Part B2

Installation of plumbing and drainage systems

Parts C1 and C2