The Fire Safety Act 2021 came into force on 16 May 2022. It amends the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, clarifying that – in a multi-occupied residential building, containing two or more sets of domestic premises – the Order applies to:
- The building’s structure and external walls (including windows, balconies, cladding, insulation and fixings) and any common parts; and
- All doors between domestic premises and common parts, such as flat entrance doors (or any other relevant door).
The UK Government has now introduced the Fire Safety (England) Regulations 2022, which seek to implement several recommendations from Phase 1 of the Grenfell Tower Inquiry, and will come into force on 23 January 2023.
The Regulations introduce new requirements for multi-occupied residential buildings, and different regulations apply depending on a building’s height.
Follow the menu links for more information about the different requirements:
- Residential buildings with two or more domestic premises
- Residential buildings 11m and higher
- Residential buildings 18m and higher
The National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC) has collated some frequently asked questions about both the Fire Safety Act 2021 and the Fire Safety (England) Regulations 2022.
Further information about these changes will be added to this website in due course.