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Building Standards technical handbook 2017: domestic buildings

The Building Standards technical handbooks provide guidance on achieving the standards set in the Building (Scotland) Regulations 2004 and are available in two volumes, domestic buildings and non-domestic buildings. This publication is available in html and also in PDF format (in 'supporting documents' ).

Building Standards technical handbook 2017: domestic buildings
0. General

0.13 Provision of protective works

Regulation 13

  1. No person shall carry out work unless the following provisions of this regulation are complied with.

  2. Subject to paragraph (3), where work is to be carried out on any building site or building which is within 3.6m of any part of a road or other place to which members of the public have access (whether or not on payment of a fee or charge) there shall, prior to commencement of the work, be erected protective works so as to separate the building site or building or that part of the building site or building on which work is to be carried out from that road or other place.

  3. Nothing in paragraph (2) shall require the provision of protective works in any case where the local authority is satisfied that no danger to the public is caused, or is likely to be caused, by the work.

  4. The protective works referred to in the preceding paragraphs are all or any of:

    1. providing hoardings, barriers or fences

    2. subject to paragraph (5), where necessary to prevent danger, providing footpaths outside such hoardings, barriers or fences with safe and convenient platforms, handrails, steps or ramps, and substantial overhead coverings

    3. any other protective works which in the opinion of the local authority are necessary to ensure the safety of the public, all of such description, material and dimensions and in such position as the local authority may direct.

  5. Nothing in paragraph (4)(b) shall require the provision of a platform, handrail, step or ramp:

    1. where no part of the existing footpath is occupied by the protective works or in connection with the work, or

    2. where that part of an existing footpath remaining unoccupied affords a safe means of passage for people, and is of a width of not less than 1.2m or such greater width as the local authority may direct.

  6. Any protective works shall be so erected as to cause no danger to the public and shall be maintained to the satisfaction of the local authority.

  7. Subject to paragraph (8), any protective works shall be removed:

    1. in the case of a building which has been constructed by virtue of a warrant, not more than 14 days or such longer period as the local authority may direct from the date of acceptance of the certificate of completion, and

    2. in any other case, on completion of the work.

  8. Nothing in paragraphs (1) to (7) of this regulation shall prohibit the removal of the protective works or any part thereof prior to the completion of the work where the local authority is satisfied that no danger to the public is caused or is likely to be caused as a result of their removal.

  9. Any protective works shall be illuminated, and any such works which project on to or over that part of a road which is not a pavement or footpath shall be provided with such markings, as in the opinion of the local authority are necessary to secure the safety of the public.

  10. Where work has been carried out without the provision of protective works, or where work on a building site has stopped or a building site has been abandoned, a local authority may require the site owner to carry out protective works.

0.13.1 Explanation

Regulation 13 requires that building sites are fenced off in such a way as to protect the public. It also provides powers to deal with building sites where work has for any reason ceased and the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act provisions are no longer applicable.