Our principal aim is to make Northumberland a safer place by reducing the risks and social-economic costs of fires and other dangers, without imposing unnecessary burdens.
Fire Safety Act 2021
The Fire Safety Act 2021 (the Act) received Royal Assent on 29 April 2021 and commenced on 16 May 2022. The Act amends the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 (the Fire Safety Order).
The Act clarifies that responsible persons (RPs) for multi-occupied residential buildings must manage and reduce the risk of fire for the structure and external walls of the building, including cladding, balconies and windows, and entrance doors to individual flats that open into common parts.
The Fire Safety (England) Regulations 2022
The Fire Safety (England) Regulations 2022 (the Regulations) have been introduced as an important step towards implementing the recommendations of the Grenfell Tower Inquiry Phase 1 report. The Regulations are being introduced under Article 24 of the Fire Safety Order and will come into force on 23 January 2023.
The Regulations apply to England only. The Regulations can be found on the UK Government website.
Most of the requirements set out in the Regulations are imposed on the responsible person (RP), which RPs need to plan and prepare for ahead of the Regulations coming into force.
The regulations require RPs in multi-occupied residential buildings to take specific actions, depending on the height of the building:
some provisions apply regardless of height
more are needed once a building reaches 11 metres, and
further requirements are introduced when a building reaches 18 metres (or 7 storeys) or more.
The Regulations can be found on the UK Government website.
Further information on the Fire Safety Act 2021 and The Fire Safety (England) Regulations 2022, can be found here.
Reporting Faults and Repairs - responsible persons should complete the appropriate online form to provide the necessary information required by the regulations.
It’s important that every business:
knows how to keep safe from fire
is informed about safety legislation
complies with fire safety legislation
completes a fire risk assessment
If you need any advice on how to keep your business safe from fire, then please contact the fire safety enforcement and risk team.