Last edited 05 Sep 2018

Residential definition

Approved document B, Fire Safety, Volume 2 – Buildings other than dwellinghouses, includes classifications of purpose groups for which buildings or compartments of a building are intended to be used.

It defines residential purpose groups as:

Residential (dwellings):

Residential (Institutional): Hospital, home, school or other similar establishment used as living accommodation for, or for the treatment, care or maintenance of persons suffering from disabilities due to illness or old age or other physical or mental incapacity, or under the age of 5 years, or place of lawful detention, where such persons sleep on the premises.

(Other): Hotel, boarding house, residential college, hall of residence, hostel and any other residential purpose not described above.

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