SBD has produced a series of authoritative Design Guides to assist the building, design and construction industry to incorporate security into developments to comply with the Building Regulations in England, Scotland and Wales and meet the requirements of SBD.


The following Design Guides have been updated over the years to keep pace with changing patterns of criminal behaviour and advances in building design and new technology.

They are a valuable source of reference to architects, developers, self-builders, local authority planners and police officers.

Our guides cover a range of building sectors, including residential, education, health, transport and commercial.

Application Forms


pdfSBD Homes 2019 Application Form

docxSBD New Schools 2014 Application Form

docxSBD Commercials 2015 Application Form

pdfSBD Self Build 2019 Application Form


SBD Technical Guides

Flat Entrance Doorset 2019

SBD Alarm Standard 2.0

Ironmongery and Security - GAI Specifiers Guide 2019

Other guidance documents and links

NEW for 2022: 

Specialist and Supported Housing Schemes

Other guidance:

Construction Site Security Guide 2021 

Secured Environments
Youth Shelters and Sports Systems
Park Mark™ Safer Parking scheme
Secure Rail Stations

Protect UK – Counter Terrorism Guidance

Standards for Public Cycle Parking

Police Crime Prevention Initiatives Security Guides (in support of the Safer Streets Fund)

Guide to Property Marking

Lighting Guide

Motor Vehicles Guide

Physical Security Guide

Alley Gating Guide

Historical and withdrawn SBD Development Guides

Homes 2016
New Homes 2014
New Homes 2010