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BUILDING STANDARDS REGULATION CHANGES IN SCOTLAND

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Improvements to clarity of purpose and a reduction in official control will be achieved under the amendments to the...
Improvements to clarity of purpose and a reduction in official control will be achieved under the amendments to the Building Standards (Scotland) Regulation 1990-94, James Douglas-Hamilton, minister of state at the Scottish Office, said today.

The package of amendments deals in particular with alterations and extensions to existing buildings and includes:

-- removal of building warrant procedures for installation of sinks and bathroom fittings

-- for the benefit of elderly and disabled people, domestic stairlifts will no longer require a warrant where they are installed on a straight flight of stairs

-- clarification of the instances where buildings that are otherwise exempted from regulation have to use safety glazing and have to provide protection from the ingress of dangerous gases from the ground.

-- clarification of drainage and sanitary facilities required in most buildings.

Approving the new proposals, Lord James said: 'I am pleased that we are able to make life easier for those affected by the regulations and any reduction in unnecessary official control will always be welcomed. The government is committed to keeping the Building Standards Regulations up-to-date and these measures will improve, clarify and simplify the existing requirements while retaining essential safeguards.'

The new provisions are part of a small package of amendments to the regulations which are being laid before parliament today.

Subject to Parliamentary approval, they will come into force on November 5, 1996.

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