Changes to Procedural and Technical Guidance on Compliance and Fire Safety (Scottish Government – Building Standards)

CORGI Technical Services and the Association of Safety & Compliance Professionals have been advised that the new 2019 Technical handbooks have been published. These 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 Building Standards Division in Scotland (BSD) are hosting two information events on the technical and procedural changes, in Cambuslang (24th September) and Inverness (26th September).

These events will introduce the following changes and invite discussion on:

  • Changes to the building regulations and associated guidance contained in Section 2: Fire of the Technical Handbooks to expand provision for fire safe cladding and action to support the management of an incident by the fire and rescue service;
  • Strengthened guidance in the Building Standards Procedural Handbook covering roles and responsibilities of the applicant for a building warrant, the builder or owner and the local authority verifier for achieving compliance with building standards;
  • Revisions to the guidance from Local Authority Building Standard Scotland on verification during construction relating to Construction Compliance and Notification Plans;
  • A revised Temporary Occupation or Use form which introduces a declaration of compliance; and
  • An update on work of the Building Standards Futures Board to deliver transformative change

For information:
The review did not focus on the external wall but looked at cladding systems on high rise buildings.

  • The trigger height for ‘fire safe’ (A1/A2) cladding is reduced from 18m to 11m in domestic buildings
  •  Scotland has not mirrored the new definition of “external wall”, adopted in England through the Building (Amendment) Regulations 2018, which is what has prohibited the installation in England of boiler flues through the external walls of high rise dwellings (>18m in England), where not constructed of A1 materials, or of “limited combustibility”, classified in accordance with EN 13501-1

Local authorities are responsible for granting permission for work to be done (building warrant) and for a completed building to be occupied (completion certificate).

If you are looking for advice on a specific building project, please contact your local authority, who administer and enforce the Scottish building standards system.