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Small Premises Providing Sleeping Accomodation

Sleeping Accommodation Premises Guides

There are three guidance documents applicable to general fire safety in premises providing sleeping accommodation (excluding premises used as a care home; for healthcare; for secure accommodation; or premises where persons are detained in lawful custody).

The guides apply to premises which fall within the scope of Part 3 of the Fire (Scotland) Act 2005, as amended.

Practical Fire Safety Guidance for Small Bed and Breakfast and Self-Catering Premises (June 2010)

Applies to premises which:

  • are offered as accommodation for self-catering holidays, to be occupied by not more than 10 persons; or
  • offer accommodation for not more than 8 bed and breakfast guests in the home of the resident operator; and, in either case;
  • have a means of escape from bedrooms via a traditional 'hall' with at least one exit directly to the outside, rather than by way of a living or kitchen area;
  • do not have letting or guest accommodation below a ground floor or above a first floor;
  • do not act as the principal residence for paying guests;
  • do not have any storey area over 200m2 internal floor space.
Practical Fire Safety Guidance for Small Premises providing Sleeping Accommodation (Revised: June 2010 in respect of scope)

Applies to premises which comprise of:

  • Up to 2 storeys in height with a maximum single storey area of 200m2;
  • 3 storeys in height with a maximum single storey area of 100m2; or
  • Individual flats or maisonettes, regardless of storey height, with a maximum single storey area of 200m2.

This includes houses in multiple occupation subject to licensing and may also include buildings or premises put to a variety of uses, such as:

  • Self-catering and bed and breakfast accommodation outwith the scope of 'Practical Fire Safety Guidance for Small Bed and Breakfast and Self-Catering Premises';
  • Small hotel, boarding house, guest house; or
  • Small hostel accommodation.
Practical Fire Safety Guidance for Medium and Large Premises Providing Sleeping Accommodation (Revised: Feb 2008)

Applies to premises which comprise of:

  • Any single storey area over 200m2;
  • 3 storeys in height with a single storey area over 100m2; or
  • More than 3 storeys in height.

This includes houses in multiple occupation subject to licensing (including a complex, such as a block of flats, consisting entirely of licensable, flatted houses in multiple occupation) and may also include buildings or premises used as:

  • Hotels;
  • Holiday complexes or camping and caravan sites (other than privately owned individual units);
  • Hostels, refuges or premises occupied by religious communities;
  • Bunkhouses or bunk barns;
  • Sleeping accommodation for pupils, students or employees; or
  • Registered clubs.
Practical Fire Safety Guidance for Small Bed and Breakfast and Self-Catering Premises (June 10)
Practical Fire Safety Guidance for Small Premises Providing Sleeping Accommodation (Revised: June 10 in respect of scope)
Practical Fire Safety Guidance for Medium and Large Premises Providing Sleeping Accommodation (Revised February 2008)