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Government Issue Updated Second Staircase Guidance and Research

The Government have issued updated second staircase guidance within Approved Document B Volumes 1 and 2 for all new buildings over 18 metres which come into force 30th September 2026 (applicable to England).

Amendments have been made to:

• Approved Document B: Fire safety
• Volume 1 – Dwellings
• Volume 2 – Buildings other than dwellings
• 2019 edition incorporating the 2020 and 2022 amendments

Key Changes

The 2019 edition incorporating the 2020 and 2022 amendments will continue to apply where
a building notice or an initial notice has been given to, or a building control approval application with
full plans made to, the relevant authority before 30 September 2026 and either the building work to
which it relates:

a. Has started and is sufficiently progressed before that day; or

b. Is started and is sufficiently progressed within the period of 18 months beginning on that day.

Please note that ‘building notice’, ‘initial notice’ and ‘building control approval application with full
plans’ have the meanings given in the Building Regulations 2010. For the purpose of these transitional arrangements, building work is to be regarded as ‘sufficiently progressed’:

a. Where the building work consists of the construction of a building, when the pouring of
concrete for the permanent placement of the trench, pad or raft foundations has started, or the permanent placement of piling has started; or

b. Where the building work consists of work to an existing building, when that work has started; or

c. Where the building work consists of a material change of use of a building, when work to effect that change of use has stated.

The changes focus on the following fire safety provisions:

a. A new recommendation for more than one common stair to be provided in blocks of flats with a storey 18m or more in height.

b. Building design provisions to support the use of evacuation lifts in blocks of flats.

The Government have also released their research study into means of escape in residential buildings, conducted under the technical review of Approved Document B.

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