Fire Safety (England) Regulations 2022
The Regulations came into force on 23 January 2023
Commencing January 2023, the Fire Safety (England) Regulations 2022 (the Regulations) make it a requirement for responsible persons of high-rise residential buildings to provide information on their building/s to their local fire and rescue service. A high-rise residential building is defined as a building containing two or more sets of domestic premises and is at least 18 metres tall or has at least seven storeys.
The Regulations 2022 have been introduced as an important step towards implementing the recommendations of the Grenfell Tower Inquiry Phase 1 report.
The Regulations apply to England only and are being introduced under Article 24 of the Fire Safety Order. The Regulations can be found on the UK Government website.
The Home Office has published the following guidance documents:
- Check your fire safety responsibilities under the Fire Safety (England) Regulations 2022
- Fire Safety (England) Regulations 2022: fire door guidance
Most of the requirements set out in the Regulations are imposed on the responsible person (RP).
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Information sharing with local fire and rescue services
From 23 January 2023, the Regulations require responsible persons of high-rise residential buildings to provide information on their building to the local fire and rescue service.
The information to be shared includes details of the construction of the external walls, floor and buildings plans, and information on known faults with key firefighting equipment. The Regulations state that this information must be shared via electronic means.
For further information regarding how to share this information, refer to your local fire and rescue service’s website. Please note that information should not be sent to the National Fire Chiefs Council.
Links to the dedicated information sharing pages on fire and rescue service websites are published on our website. You can access this page by clicking the below link:
Unsure which fire and rescue service to send your information to?
There is a tool on the Fire England website which allows you to search by building post code for the local fire and rescue service.
Where can I find out more information?
You can find out more by reading our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).
The Home Office has published guidance and fact sheets that provide more detailed information, which are available here on the UK Government website. Home Office Fire door guidance can also be found here on the UK Government website.
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