New Building Standards Technical Handbooks published

New 2019 Building Standards Technical handbooks have been published and comes into force on 1 October 2019.  

The Scottish Government publish new technical handbooks which explain how to achieve the requirements set out in the Building (Scotland) Regulations 2004.

The main changes are to the provision for fire safety within Section 2 (Fire) in both the domestic and non-domestic handbooks. These changes form part of the output from the Ministerial Working Group on Building and Fire Safety and the 2018 consultation on fire safety.

A further change under standard 3.12 introduces provision of ‘Changing Places Toilets’ in larger non-domestic buildings.

The Handbooks apply to a building warrant submitted on or after 1 October 2019 and to building work which does not require a warrant commenced from that date.

The Scottish Government are hosting two information events on the technical and procedural changes, in Cambuslang and Inverness.

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