Last reviewed 4 May 2021

In the majority of cases, Building Control Bodies and Fire and Rescue Services work together to achieve safe buildings by meeting fire safety regulatory requirements of the Building Regulations 2010 and the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.

There may however be rare occasions when consensus is not immediately reached. A new document is intended to offer a framework for resolution of such situations by consensus decision-making.

This has been produced by a taskforce of the Joint Regulators Group led by Local Authority Building Control, National Fire Chiefs Council and Association of Consultant Approved Inspectors.

Available on the Local Authority Building Control website, this sector-led approach has been welcomed by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG).

It agreed that the approach appears to offer a practical solution to complement current arrangements and will enable ownership to remain with Building Control Bodies and Fire and Rescue Authorities who are best placed to consider specific compliance issues.

“Whilst the process is entered into on a voluntary basis,” the MHCLG said, “it provides an important function in achieving consensus among different parties and we strongly encourage all parties to take up this new approach when required.”