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The Building Regulations &c. (Amendment No. 3) and Domestic Fire Safety (Wales) Regulations 2013

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Amendments to the Principal Regulations

4.—(1) The Principal Regulations are amended as follows.

(2) Insert after Part 7—

PART 7AAutomatic fire suppression systems

Provision of automatic fire suppression systems

37A.(1) This regulation applies where building work consists of the erection or material change of use of a building in relation to—

(a)care homes as defined in section 3 of the Care Standards Act 2000;

(b)rooms for residential purposes other than rooms in—

(i)a hostel;

(ii)an hotel;

(iii)a prison or young offender institution; and

(iv)a hospital

(c)dwelling-houses and flats,

subject to paragraphs (4) and (5).

(2) For the purposes of this regulation a material change of use comprises or includes a change of use within regulation 5 (a), (b), (c), (d), (g), (h) or (i).

(3) A building to which this regulation applies must be provided with an automatic fire suppression system which is installed and operates in accordance with the requirements set in regulation 37B.

(4) This regulation does not apply to buildings which are—

(a)listed in accordance with section 1 of the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990(1);

(b)in a conservation area designated in accordance with section 69 of that Act; or

(c)included in the schedule of monuments maintained under section 1 of the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979(2),

where installation of a fire suppression system would unacceptably alter their character or appearance.

(5) This regulation does not apply to temporary buildings with a planned time of use of two years or less.

Requirements of automatic fire suppression systems

37B.  For the purposes of regulation 37A(3), the requirements of an automatic fire suppression system are the requirements set out in any document approved and issued under section 6 of the Building Act 1984 for the purpose of providing practical guidance as to the requirements of regulation 37A..

(2)

1979 c. 46. There are amendments to section 1 which are not relevant to these Regulations.

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