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  • Dec 09/2022

    Fire Safety Act (England)


    Fire Safety (England) Regulations 2022

    These regulations commence on 23 January 2023. The latest guidance released on 6 December 2022,  explains the role of a responsible person.

    As defined in the Fire Safety Order a ‘Responsible Person’ is someone who owns the building (only in relation to the non-domestic parts) or has control over the premises. This could be the freeholder, block management company or an agent if they are instructed to look after the individual properties in the block and as a result manage the communal areas whether instructed to do so or not..

    Duties of the Responsible Person (Buildings over 11m in height)

    If you are the Responsible Person for a building which contains two or more sets of domestic premises and is above 11m in height (typically a building of five storeys or more), the Fire Safety (England) Regulations impose additional duties. 

    It is expected that the Responsible Person, or their staff, should, with simple instruction, be able to carry out the checks to communal fire doors and flat entrance doors, any defects in the doors, frames and self-closing devices that are in need of repair or replacement (e.g. communal or flat entrance door), this work must be undertaken by a competent contractor as soon as reasonably practicable.

    See here for the full guidance


    The government have released The Fire Safety Act 2021 (Commencement) (England) Regulations 2022 which come into force on 16 May 2022.
    This means any property that contains two or more domestic properties must have a risk assessment completed on the structure and exterior walls, including doors, windows and balconies. 
    Please see here for Fire Safety Act 2021 (this made the regulations) and here for The Fire Safety Act 2021 (Commencement) (England) Regulations 2022 that brings them into force

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