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The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005


The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 (FSO) rationalises existing fire safety legislation in relation to commercial premises into one piece of legislation. The new order also covers domestic properties where there are common parts shared between different dwellings. For example, common hallways and stairwells of blocks of self-contained flats.

The FSO places duties on the person having control of the property to have fire precautions in place, to make sure the property is safe and to carry out fire risk assessments. Where the property is a licensed HMO [see Licensing of HMOs] the fire risk assessment needs to be recorded in writing.

As there is a cross-over with fire safety requirements under the Housing Act 2004, the West of England local authorities have agreed a protocol with Avon Fire and Rescue Service, which sets out who takes the lead in relation to fire safety in a property. Currently the local authority will take the lead in all residential properties, except hostels, bed & breakfast accommodation, hotels and residential accommodation that shares an entrance with commercial business, where Avon Fire and Rescue Service will take the lead.

Avon Fire and Rescue Service and the West of England authorities have agreed common levels of fire precautions that act as a guide for the majority of properties. Information on this can be found here. You can also look at the Avon Fire & Rescue Service website for information.

There are some guidance documents available at present from CLG. These are:

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