From 1 January 2016 in Wales, Part B (Fire Safety) - New Building Regulation 37A (1) (c) means that sprinklers will be required to all new houses and flats, including those formed by a material change of use.
The requirement for sprinklers to houses and flats does not apply to building work which is the subject of an initial notice, amendment notice, building notice or full plans submission which is served before 1January 2016, provided that the work is commenced on site on or before 1 January 2017. (See definition of 'commencement of work' below)
Please note that NHBC offices will close from 24 December 2015 until 4 January 2016. To ensure that your site meets the transitional provisions all paperwork should be submitted to NHBC no later than 18 December 2015.
The English and Welsh Government have confirmed that in their opinion commencement of work would usually be marked by work such as;
In their opinion, the following sorts of work would not be likely to constitute the commencement of work;
In some cases applications will be in respect of a number of buildings on a site, for example a number of houses. In such cases it is the commencement of work on the first of the buildings within the application which determines whether all the building work can take advantage of the transitional provisions, not each individual building.
News Date: 18/11/15