Fire safety in the design, management and use of buildings – Code of practice

2017 Edition

Includes all amendments and changes through CRGD, February 2017

Published by British Standards Institution, February 2017


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BS 9999, 2017 Edition – Fire safety in the design, management and use of buildings – Code of practice

What is BS 9999 about?

BS 9999 is a British standard on codes of practice for fire safety in the design, management and use of buildings.

BS 9999 gives recommendations and guidance on the design, management and use of buildings to achieve reasonable standards of fire safety for all people in and around buildings.

BS 9999 also provides recommendations and guidance on the ongoing management of fire safety in a building throughout the entire life cycle of the building, including measures for designers to ensure that the overall design of a building assists and enhances the management of fire safety.

Note: BS 9999 is not applicable to individual dwelling-houses and might have only limited applicability to certain specialist buildings and areas of buildings (e.g. hospitals and areas of lawful detention).

Who is BS 9999 for?

On fire safety in the design, management and use of buildings is relevant to:

  • Architects
  • Fire safety engineers
  • Fire risk assessors
  • Building control
  • Installers of fire and smoke alarms, sprinklers, and smoke, and heat control systems
  • Inspectorate for certification and installation schemes

Why should you use BS 9999?

Fire safety is a set of practices intended to reduce the destruction caused by fire. Fire safety measures include those that are intended to prevent the ignition of an uncontrolled fire and those that are used to limit the development and effects of a fire after it starts.

The recommendations and guidance given in BS 9999 are intended to safeguard the lives of building occupants and fire-fighters. Whilst some of the recommendations and guidance might also assist in the achievement of other fire safety objectives such as protection of property, the environment, communities and business/service viability.

BS 9999 provides recommendations and guidance on the provision of measures to control or mitigate the effects of fire. The primary objective of BS 9999 is to ensure that an adequate standard of life safety can be achieved in the event of fire in the building. A secondary objective is to provide a level of protection for property and businesses against the impact of fire, e.g. in close proximity to residential buildings or as part of the same building or building complex. These measures will help facilitate safety in your surroundings.

What’s changed since the last update?

BS 9999:2017 supersedes BS 9999:2008, which is withdrawn

BS 9999:2017 includes some principal changes with respect to BS 9999:2008. These are:

  • Inclusion of flowchart showing the sequential steps in the design process, to assist users in the application of the standard
  • Inclusion of watermist fire suppression systems
  • Revision of recommendations for smoke and heat control
  • Addition of recommendations for fire curtain barrier assemblies
  • Revision of recommendations for shopping complexes

General Product Information:

Revision 2017 Edition
Document Type PDF
Document Language English
ISBN 9780580977169
Pages 418
Publisher British Standards Institution (BSI)
Status Current
Purchase Note All current amendments available at time of purchase are included with the purchase of this document.


Cross References

BS 476
BS 799-5
BS 1635
BS 3251
BS 4533
BS 4790
BS 5234
BS 5266-1
BS 5306-0
BS 5306-1
BS 5306-2
BS 5306-3
BS 5306-4
BS 5306-8
BS 5395-1
BS 5395-2
BS 5410-1
BS 5410-2
BS 5499-4
BS 5651
BS 5655-6
BS 5656-1
BS 5656-2
BS 5656-3
BS 5839-1:2013
BS 5839-8:2013
BS 5839-9:2011
BS 5852:2006
BS 5867-2:2008
BS 5906
BS 6180
BS 6262-4
BS 6263-2
BS 6266
BS 6644
BS 6798
BS 7036-0
BS 7157:1989
BS 7176
BS 7273-4:2015
BS 7346-4
BS 7346-7
BS 7346-8
BS 7671
BS 8214
BS 8300
BS 8313
BS 8414-1
BS 8414-2
BS 8486-1
BS 8486-2
BS 8489-1
BS 8519
BS 8524
BS 9251
BS 9990
BS 9991
BS EN 54-11:2001+A1:2006
BS EN 54-23
BS EN 81-20
BS EN 81-58
BS EN 81-70
BS EN 81-71
BS EN 81-72
BS EN 81-73:2016
BS EN 115-1
BS EN 378
BS EN 671
BS EN 1125
BS EN 1154
BS EN 1363
BS EN 1364
BS EN 1365
BS EN 1366
BS EN 1634
BS EN 1838
BS EN 12101
BS EN 12416-2
BS EN 12845
BS EN 13501
BS EN 13565-2
BS EN 13823
BS EN 15650:2010
BS EN 16005
BS EN ISO 1182
BS EN ISO 1716
BS EN ISO 12543-2
BS EN ISO 14122-4
BS ISO 3864-1
BS ISO 14520
DD CEN/TS 14816
BS 2782
BS 4422:2005
BS 4514
BS 5255
BS 5438:1989+A2:1994
BS 5499-10
BS 5516-2
BS 5655-11
BS 5655-12
BS 5839-3
BS 6187
BS 6336
BS 7974
BS 8492
BS 8899
BS 25999-1
BS EN 54-27
BS EN 115-2
BS EN 179
BS EN 1021-1
BS EN 1021-2
BS EN 1155
BS EN 1366-7
BS EN 1991-1-2
BS EN 1993-1-2
BS EN 50272-1
BS EN ISO 9000
BS EN ISO 13943:2010
BS EN ISO 19011
BS EN ISO/IEC 17021-1
PAS 79
PD 6520
PD 7974-1
PD 7974-3
PD 7974-6
PD 7974-7
Building Regulations 2010
Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005
Building (Amendment) (Wales) Regulations 2014
Building (Scotland) Regulations 2004
Building Regulatio