Legislation and guidance

The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 applies across England and Wales and came into force in October 2006. It’s an employer’s responsibility to make sure that a workplace reaches the required standard of fire safety to comply with the legislation.

The legislation applies to nearly every type of commercial building and structure, other than single private dwellings, such as individual flats and houses. For example, it applies to:

  • offices and shops
  • care providers (including care homes and hospitals)
  • community halls, places of worship and other community premises
  • pubs, clubs and restaurants
  • schools and sports centres
  • tents and marquees
  • hotels and hostels
  • factories and warehouses
  • common parts of houses in multiple occupation (HMOs) and common parts of blocks of flats and maisonettes

The Government has also provided guidance for different types of premises.

In addition, if you own hospitality premises such as a B&B, hotel or self-catering accommodation, you may find it helpful to read Visit Britain’s guidance on your legal obligations.

Specific guides and position statements are also available on the National Fire Chiefs Council website.