Building standards technical handbooks 2019: summary of changes

Summary of changes included in the 2019 building standards technical handbooks which apply from 1 October 2019.

The 2019 building standards technical handbooks (domestic and non-domestic) are published on 12 July 2019.

The main changes are to the provision for fire safety within Section 2 (Fire) in both the domestic and non-domestic handbooks. These changes form part of the output from the Ministerial Working Group on Building and Fire Safety and the 2018 consultation on fire safety.

A further change under standard 3.12 introduces provision of ‘Changing Places Toilets’ in larger non-domestic buildings.

A number of minor corrections and updating website hyperlinks have also been made.

The guidance comes into force on 1 October 2019.



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