an unobstructed view of the road layout and firefighting water supplies
All building warrant submissions must include a location plan, with Eastings and Northings. This enables the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service Water Planning Department to accurately plot the site.
Properties over 7.5m in height
When a proposed property is over 7.5m in height, drawings submitted must clearly indicate a suitable parking space for a fire emergency vehicle. This must be within 18m of the relevant dry riser inlet, as stated within Technical Standards Domestic/Non-Domestic 2.12.1 and 2:14. The property height should be included and expressed in storeys or metres.
Single dwelling house within rural areas
Each new house in a rural area will be assessed on an ad hoc basis. A decision will be made after evaluating:
available water supplies, including alternate water supplies
water on a fire appliance will be sufficient to control a fire within the dwelling
When proposing a single dwelling house within a rural area, the property ground floor footprint must be provided in metres squared (m²) and compartmentation.
Multiple dwelling houses in rural areas
When proposing multiple houses in a rural area, a geographic information system (GIS) plan must be provided so existing water mains can be identified.
There is a threshold where a Fire Hydrant is essential and alternate water supplies are not appropriate. Large groups of houses must be serviced appropriately for safety of the public and Firefighters.
The guidance on these dwellings will be dependent on the:
number of houses
location of water mains
location of the proposed houses
2.12 Fire and Rescue Service access
Drawings submitted must clearly indicate sufficient access providing:
It should also be compliant with the guidance within Technical Standards Domestic/Non-Domestic.
2.13 Fire and Rescue Service water supplies
Proposed fire and rescue firefighting water supplies either public water supply, or an alternative water supply, should be decided and included on the drawing submitted. It should also be compliant with the Technical Standards Domestic/Non-Domestic.
Scottish Water geographic information system (GIS) PDF plan
To locate your nearest public main or public hydrant, the most up to date database is held with Scottish Water’s nominated third parties. They can supply you with a PDF plan of your requested location. A nominal charge may need to be paid.