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Is it legal to fit a washing machine in the bathroom?

It’s not strictly illegal to have a washing machine in a bathroom but, due to building regulations in the UK, you do need to consider how and where it’s installed.

Plug sockets are typically not fitted in bathrooms in the UK, with the exception of shaver sockets. One of the main reasons for this is that plug sockets need to be at least three metres away from your bath or shower.

Therefore, most bathrooms and shower rooms in the UK don’t have the space to be able to fit a washing machine far enough away from the bath and/or shower.

To find out the latest regulations that might affect you fitting a washing machine in your bathroom, speak to your local council’s planning office.

Potential issues with fitting a washing machine in a bathroom

  • Fitting electrical appliances in a room that regularly experiences steam and moisture isn’t recommended.
  • If your bathroom is located upstairs in your home, any leaking from the washing machine could cause damage to the ceiling in the room below.
  • You may be breaching local building regulations.

Hire a professional plumber to fit your washing machine

If you’re keen to move your washing machine out of your kitchen, we always recommend hiring an experienced local plumber to carry out the work. They’ll be able to provide you with professional advice and guidance on where the best place in your house is to fit a washing machine.

Find the best local plumbers near you with our quick and easy online search. Or, use our handy request a quote tool and we’ll do the legwork and get approved plumbing experts in your area to contact you directly.

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