Fire safety in purpose-built flats

This document was commissioned by the Government and was written by experts in the field of fire safety. It was published in July 2011.

This guidance was produced at the request of MHCLG in 2011 and written by external fire safety experts . It is no longer comprehensive, in particular given recent and planned amendments to Approved Document B and the Secretary of State’s announcement of his intention to alter the height at which sprinklers are required in new buildings. It is available here because some sections are referred to in the MHCLG Consolidated Advice note of January 2020. It should also be read alongside the National Fire Chief Council's guidance on simultaneous evacuation. As the guide makes clear, it is a summary of existing legislation, guidance and best practice at the time it was compiled by experts; it is not an expression of the LGA’s view on what fire safety standards should be. The LGA has raised the need for an updated version of this guide with the Government, which is expected to publish a new guide later this year and at whose request we continue to host the existing version.

Hard copies of this publication are not available.

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