Proposed Industrial Action by members of the Fire Brigades Union
Download Guidance for Responsible Persons (PDF 94Kb)
Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005
The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 (The Order) came into effect in October 2006 and replaced over 70 pieces of fire safety law. The Order applies to all non-domestic premises in England and Wales, including the common parts of blocks of flats and houses in multiple occupation (HMOs), as well as places of worship, schools, charity organisations and public buildings etc.
Fire Certificates no longer have any legal status.
The Order places responsibility for fire safety with the Responsible Person for the premises. Under the Order, the Responsible Person is required to carry out a fire risk assessment and put in place appropriate fire safety measures to manage the risk, based on the specific circumstances of their premises.
The Order is enforced by periodic inspections (audits), carried out by officers of Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service, the enforcing authority for the county of Suffolk. The Service follows a risk based inspection programme; this means that a premises risk is assessed by building and occupancy type, along with other significant factors.
The Government has published a Short Guide to Making Your Premises Safe From Fire, a booklet containing simple, practical advice for those people responsible for fire safety in small and medium places of business. It provides guidance about how to make sure that you are meeting the requirements of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.
For those people whose first language is not English, copies of the 'Short Guide' booklet are available in alternative languages on the Chief Fire Officers Association website
All of the guidance documents relating to Protection (Fire Safety) in all types of premises, other than single private dwellings, can be viewed on the GOV.UK web site.
Information about fire safety in locations other than the workplace can be found within the Prevention (Community Fire Safety) pages on this web site.
By using online transactions you are helping us to save money which we can use to provide other services. You can view a full list of all the transactions on our website here. If you need further assistance with the topics discussed on this page, please use the following numbers to contact us.
Telephone: 01473 260588, 0900-1700 (Mon-Thurs), 0900-1600 (Fri)
If you couldn't find what you were looking for, or wish to make any other comments or suggestions about the website, please leave feedback here.
What is in the section
Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service has a statutory duty to consult on building regulation applications.
How to make a comment or complaint, report a fire safety deficiency or appeal a Legal Notice
Important information regarding provisions required for people with disabilities.
Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service is responsible for the enforcement of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 ("The Order")
Find out more about the fire protection activities undertaken by Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service
Find out about the benefits of fire sprinkler systems
Important information regarding serious fire incident in Ipswich
Download a free Maintenance Log Book to assist you in demonstrating compliance with current fire safety legislation
Generic advice from Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service for developers and local authorities
Information regarding fire safety prosecutions currently in force.
We maintain a Public Register with details of Prohibition, Enforcement and Alterations Notices issued under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.
97% of our call outs to commercial premises are to false alarms; we want to work with you to reduce these situations.
The Protection (Fire Safety) Department is dedicated to the statutory provision of fire safety in all premises other than single private dwellings.