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Fire Safety Law and Guidance for Business

We aim to provide a consistently high quality service to the commercial/business community in relation to protecting our local community and supporting businesses to meet legislative fire safety matters as per the Regulatory Reform Act 2006.

Fire safety law changed in October 2006 with the introduction of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 (the 'Order'); this applies to all non-domestic premises in England and Wales, including the common parts of blocks of flats and houses in multiple occupation (HMOs). The law applies to you if you are:

  • responsible for business premises
  • an employer or self-employed with business premises
  • responsible for a part of a dwelling where that part is solely used for business purposes
  • a charity or voluntary organisation
  • a contractor with a degree of control over any premises
  • providing accommodation for paying guests

The Fire and Rescue Services role is to ensure the responsible person or persons have carried out their duties required by the Order. To do this the Fire and Rescue Service has powers to enter premises. Also persons on the premises must give the inspector such facilities and assistance he or she may request. You can read more about this inspection under the Audit process.

Your role under the Order, means the responsible person must carry out a Fire Safety Risk Assessment and implement and maintain a Fire Management Plan.

A set of guides have been developed to tell you what you have to do to comply with fire safety law, help you to carry out a fire risk assessment and identify the general fire precautions you need to have in place. Please see the links in the right hand menu bar.

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