Last edited 11 Nov 2020

Sheltered housing definition

Approved document B, Fire Safety, Volume 2, Buildings other than dwellinghouses (2019 edition), suggests that sheltered housing:

'Includes two or more dwellings in the same building or on adjacent sites, designed
and constructed as residential accommodation for vulnerable or elderly people who receive, or will receive, a support service.'

The previous edition of the approved document gave a slightly different definition, suggesting that sheltered housing included:

where those dwellings are, in each case, designed and constructed for the purpose of providing residential accommodation for vulnerable or elderly people who receive, or who are to receive, a support service.

The Scottish Building Standards, Part I. Technical Handbook – Domestic, Appendix A Defined Terms, defines a sheltered housing complex as:

where those dwellings are, in each case, designed and constructed for the purpose of providing residential accommodation for people who receive, or who are to receive, a support service; and, for these purposes, “support service” has the same meaning as in the Regulation of Care (Scotland) Act 2001.’

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