Enforcement and engagement

The Enforcement and Engagement Policy sets out how our inspectors decide what action to take against businesses that fail to meet standards. It ensures that inspectors act in an equitable, practical and consistent manner.

The policy only applies to legislation enforced by Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service.

Public register of notices

As the enforcing authority of fire safety legislation, we are required by the Environment and Safety Information Act 1988 to maintain a public register of legal notices for at least 3 years from the date on which the notice was served.

Notices will be published within 14 days of the expiry of the 21 day statutory appeal process.

If an appeal is made, a notice won’t be recorded on the register until a decision on the appeal is final. Where appeals are successful and the notice is overturned, it won’t appear on the register.