Change in sprinkler regulations for new flats and social homes


THE Scottish Government has published guidance for the house building industry ahead of the introduction of new regulations on sprinklers.

The changes mean that all new-build social homes, flats and shared multi-occupied residential buildings must be fitted with automatic fire suppression systems from March 2021. Previously, this was only required on new high rise blocks of flats above 18 metres.

The Scottish Government’s housing minister, Kevin Stewart, said, “The increased requirements for automatic fire suppression systems will further improve fire safety for thousands of new homes each year. These systems have been proven to save lives and it is right that we now make these changes.

“We will continue to work closely with housing providers to make sure there is wide awareness of what is required ahead of the new regulations coming into effect.”

Stuart Stevens, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service Assistant Chief Officer, said, “The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service welcomes the amended regulations and the increased provision of automatic fire suppression systems. This provision is a significant step forward in fire safety and will increase the safety of our communities, residents and firefighters.”