Floor Space Factors

The below is reproduced from the Approved Document B: Fire Safety Volume 2: Buildings other than dwellings under the Open Government Licence.

Type of accommodationFloor space factor (m²/person)
Standing spectator areas, bar areas (within 2m of serving point), similar refreshment areas0.3
Amusement arcade, assembly hall (including a general purpose place of assembly), bingo hall, club, crush hall, dance floor or hall, venue for pop concerts and similar events and bar areas without fixed seating0.5
Concourse or queuing area0.7
Committee room, common room, conference room, dining room, licensed betting office (public area), lounge or bar (other than in (1) above), meeting room, reading room, restaurant, staff room or waiting room1.0
Exhibition hall or studio (film, radio, television, recording)1.5
Skating rink2.0
Shop sales area, in shops including supermarkets and department stores (main sales areas), shops for personal services, such as hairdressing, and shops for the delivery or collection of goods for cleaning, repair or other treatment or for members of the public themselves carrying out such cleaning, repair or other treatment2.0
Art gallery, dormitory, factory production area, museum or workshop5.0
Office6.0
Shop sales area, in shops trading predominantly in furniture, floor coverings, cycles, prams, large domestic appliances or other bulky goods, or trading on a wholesale self-selection basis (cash and carry)7.0
Kitchen or library7.0
Bedroom or study-bedroom8.0
Bed-sitting room, billiards or snooker room or hall10
Storage and warehousing30
Car parkTwo persons per parking space

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