Last reviewed 23 June 2022

The Home Office has issued a draft short guide to the Fire Safety (England) Regulations 2022 on which it is inviting views before the deadline 1 July 2022.

All responses should be sent to mailto:firesafetyguidanceuplift@homeoffice.gov.uk and the document can be found at www.ife.org.uk/write.

The draft guide has been prepared to help people who have responsibilities under the Fire Safety (England) Regulations 2022 which were created as part of the Government’s response to meeting the recommendations of the Public Inquiry into the Grenfell Tower fire.

They will have such responsibilities if, under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, they are a “Responsible Person” on who the Order imposes various duties in relation to fire safety in a residential building, such as a block of flats or student accommodation.

The Regulations apply regardless of whether the flats are subject to a long lease (99 years for example) or are rented, and regardless of whether the flats are used to accommodate the general public or a particular group of people (as in the case of, for example, sheltered housing for older people).

It should be noted that while the Fire Safety (England) Regulations make special requirements for fire safety measures in high-rise residential buildings, they also make requirements for certain fire safety measures in all residential buildings and for buildings greater than 11 metres in height (typically a building of five storeys or more).