The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 applies to all non-domestic premises in England and Wales, including the common parts of blocks of flats and houses under multiple occupation. (HMOs).

Provision for fire safety in non-domestic premises in Scotland is contained within Part 3 of the Fire (Scotland) Regulations 2006.

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 in which 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 Order was introduced to create a simpler system and make it easy for business owners and landlords to understand what is legally expected of them. It also places the emphasis on fire prevention through the drawing up of a risk assessment. It requires the ‘responsible person’ (usually the person managing the business or property) to carry out a fire safety risk assessment and also implement and maintain a fire management plan.

The mandatory fire risk assessment should identify all fire risks and fire hazards within the premises and should detail ways of eliminating or reducing the potential risks. If you have five or more employees, the risk assessment must be formally recorded, as evidence that it has been conducted.

If you do not comply with the fire regulations and your company, premises or accommodation is found to house substantial fire risks, the Fire Authority has a statutory duty to enforce compliance. This can lead to penalties and financial fines for your business.

Further detailed information on the Fire Regulations can be found within the links to  government documents on our guidance page. Alternatively, if you are uncertain whether your business or premises complies with fire risk legislation, call us now, for an initial and no-obligation chat.