Regularizing the second bathroom in the house: home-saving opportunities


Emma Potter

Minimum dimensions and equipment

The requirements for the construction of a bathroom are those contained in theart. 7 of the Health Ministerial Decree of 5 July 1975. Given that currently theminimum useful internal height it can be lower than that of the other rooms as it is set at 2.40 metres (as for corridors, hallways in general, and closets) bathroom must be equipped with opening to the outside for air exchange or mechanical extraction system. When it comes to the only bathroom, then, this has to be it equipped with all sanitary facilitiesthat is to say: toilet, bidet, bathtub or shower, washbasin.

According to the regulations, therefore, the main bathroom as such must be equipped with all sanitary fixtures. When it comes to a second bathroom or a service bathroom, full equipment is not required and you can therefore choose which sanitary ware to install and which not. A service bathroom intended to also house the laundry room, for example, will be able to do without a shower or a bidet. An en-suite bathroom can do without the bidet but include a shower.

Dimensions and building regulations

As for dimensionsas is known these are not prescribed in the Ministerial Decree as instead provided for the minimum size of the other rooms, so for the design it is necessary to refer to the municipal building regulations regarding surface limits, minimum side, air-lighting ratio, disengagement from other environments, etc.

A fundamental act forverification of double compliance of the bathroom according to the new rules introduced by the Save Casa decree. The decree, in fact, it did not abolish the principle of double compliance of the work at the time of construction and at the time of the application in the case of internal restructuring interventions, not having provided for any ad hoc clarification in this case.

Double compliance before and after the decree

Still, in fact, in order to obtain the allowed in sanatorium for an intervention carried out inside the apartment in the absence of permits, or in partial divergence from these, the intervention in question must be compliant:

  • at the urban planning regulations in force at the time of submission of the application (i.e. the current regulation of the territory);
  • to the requirements prescribed by the building regulations in force at the time of construction.

So in fact with this wording, in the case of the creation of a second bathroomfor the purposes of the amnesty, however, a possibility of regularization for “do-it-yourself” bathrooms is not introduced as the provisions of the regulation in force at the time of construction continue to apply, regardless of what the municipal building regulation provides at time of submitting the application.

Silence assent in 45 days

Compared to the past, however, they have been reduced processing times thanks to the introduction of the principle of silent consent.

According to the text, in fact, the manager or person in charge of the competent municipal office decides on the request for amnesty permit motivated provision within forty-five days, after which the request is considered accepted.