Consultation on proposals to install sprinklers in new high-rise blocks of flats

Back in December 2018, the Government issued a call for evidence on the technical review of Approved Document B of the Building Regulations. This call for evidence closed on 15 March 2019.


Current position

The current requirement for sprinkler systems in Approved Document B is that new blocks of flats more than 30 metres above ground level should be fitted with a sprinkler system.


Trigger height options

Having considered the views submitted as part of the call for evidence, the Government intends to proceed with a change to fire safety guidance which will require sprinkler systems in a wider range of new high-rise blocks of flat.

The purpose of the consultation exercise that was launched on 5 September is therefore to seek views on the appropriate trigger height options.

The Government is considering a reduction in the trigger height from 30 metres (which is approximately 10 storeys) to 18 metres (which is approximately 6 storeys).

The consultation seeks views on whether the height threshold for sprinkler provision in new blocks of flats should be reduced and, if so, what the new threshold should be.


Have your say

Responses to the consultation can be sent by either responding online, by email or by post to Building Safety Programme, Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government, 4th Floor, Fry Building, 2 Marsham Street, London SW1P 4DF.

The consultation closes on 28 November 2019.



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