Consultation on reforms to fire safety rules

Close date: 12 October 2020

The Government consults on wide-ranging reforms to fire safety rules for buildings in England. This includes proposals to amend the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 (SI 2005/1541), which sets out fire safety rules for non-domestic premises, including workplaces. The proposals include:

  • placing a legal requirement on the "responsible person" (which could be the employer, business occupier, or owner of the premises) to record who they are, the extent of their responsibility for the premises, and their contact information;
  • tightening up the rules on fire risk assessments, for example by introducing a competence requirement for fire risk assessors and requiring the responsible person to record their fire risk assessments in their entirety; and
  • potentially introducing further fire safety precautions for higher-risk workplaces.

The consultation also seeks views on what can be done to improve supporting guidance for the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 and whether or not fines for breaches of the Order are sufficient.
Consultation document: Fire safety: government consultation
Consultation outcome: Fire safety consultation: government response