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Public Consultation on the Review of Part B (Fire Safety) of the Building Regulations 2016

The Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, Mr. Simon Coveney, T.D., has announced a public consultation on his intention to review Part B of the Building Regulations 1997 and to introduce separate technical guidance specific to dwelling houses in the form of a new Technical Guidance Document (TGD) B – Fire Safety - Volume 2: Dwelling Houses.

Part B (Fire Safety) of the Building Regulations sets out the legal requirements for the means of warning and escape from a building, as well as the control of fire spread both internally and externally and the means of access for the fire services.  A number of minor amendments to Part B of the Second Schedule to the Building Regulations have been introduced to take account of the development of two volumes for TGD B Fire Safety and to cater for the development of Regulations B6 - B10 which apply to dwelling houses only.

The draft TGD B Volume 2 provides specific guidance on the means of early warning of fire and the means of escape appropriate in dwelling houses depending on their height.  Guidance on the fire protection required between adjoining dwelling houses and appropriate distances between dwelling houses and other buildings to prevent the spread of fire is also given.

Submission Return Details 

Submissions and comments on the review of the technical guidance document should be submitted on the attached template and sent by email to

What we will do with your response

Please note that all submissions and comments received will be made available on the Department’s website and will be subject to the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 2014.

The onus is on persons making submissions and comments not to include material of a private nature in the body of their submission.


Status History

Status - Closed
Friday, July 22, 2016
Friday, October 14, 2016