Building owners who breach the new fire safety regulations could face unlimited fines, the Government recently announced.
In addition, the Home Office announced that limitless fines will be handed out to anyone caught obstructing or impersonating a fire inspector.
The new measures were published as part of the government’s response to the Fire Safety Consultation, held in 2020. They will come into force as part of the legislation in the Building Safety Bill.
The measures will amend the Fire Safety Order and will include a requirement for fire risk assessments to be recorded for each building and improve how fire safety information is handed over throughout the lifetime of a building.
Announced by the Home Office, the new measures will:
- Improve the quality of fire risk assessments and competence of those who complete them
- Ensure vital fire safety information is preserved over the lifespan of all regulated buildings
- Improve cooperation and coordination amongst people responsible for fire safety and making it easier to identify who they are
- Strengthen enforcement action, with anyone impersonating or obstructing a fire inspector facing unlimited fines
- Strengthen guidance issued under the Fire Safety Order so that failure to follow it may be considered in court proceedings as evidence of a breach or of compliance
- Improve the engagement between Building Control Bodies and Fire Authorities in reviewing plans for building work
· Require all new flats above 11 metres tall to install premises information boxes.
The Building Safety Bill will create the first national Building Safety Regulator and overhaul the way buildings in scope of the new regime are designed, built and managed when occupied.
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