On 1 October 2023, new fire safety legislation came into effect which imposed new duties on businesses and buildings owners.

Main changes introduced by the legislation:

Written fire risk assessment and fire safety arrangements

The previous requirement to have a written fire risk assessment only applied in certain circumstances (for example, where the responsible person employs five or more persons). This no longer is the case, and if you are a responsible person, then you need to record both your fire risk assessment and fire safety arrangement in full, regardless of the size or purpose of the business or premises.

Enhanced requirements for cooperation and coordination

In premises where there is more than one responsible person, for example in multi-occupied premises or buildings where the occupier and building owner are different entities, there are increased requirements for cooperation and coordination between responsible persons.

Provision of information to residents

In residential buildings with two or more domestic premises (for example, blocks of flats) then the responsible owner must provide residents with information on the risks from fire within their building and the fire safety measures provided to keep them safe. This requirement expands upon legislation introduced earlier this year that required responsible persons to provide residents with information on emergency procedures and the importance of fire doors.


For further information on all the changes to legislation and what you need to do to comply, call us on 033 0333 4997.


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