Building (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2020


These regulations will extend the building standards system to require automatic fire suppression systems to be installed in further buildings. These systems will be required in buildings containing a flat or maisonette, social housing dwellings or shared multi-occupancy residential buildings.



The Building (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2020 will amend the Building (Scotland) Regulations 2004 and come into force on 1 March 2021.

The legislation applies to Scotland only.

What is being changed?

Mandatory functional standard 2.15 will become applicable to further types of buildings. This standard requires automatic fire suppression systems in certain buildings to inhibit fire and smoke spread within the building following the outbreak of fire.

The requirement will apply to the following additional building types:

  • a building containing a flat or maisonette;
  • a social housing dwelling; or
  • a shared multi-occupancy residential building.

Updated Definitions

The definition of ‘high rise domestic building’ will be removed from the 2004 regulations and definitions of ‘shared multi-occupancy residential building’ and ‘social housing dwelling’ will be inserted.



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