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Floor plans and building plan

Regulation 6 of the Fire Safety (England) Regulations 2022 require Responsible Persons of high-rise residential buildings in England to share up-to-date plans of the building with the Fire and Rescue Service. There is a Government fact sheet on floor plans and building plan that will help explain what is needed.

The plans will be used by operational firefighters during an incident and need to be clear, simple and easy to read. Model floor plan examples can be found within The Code of Practice for the Provision of Premises Information Boxes in Residential Buildings.

Electronic sharing of plans

The Responsible Person should send electronic copies of the plans to [email protected], including:

Please note the following for the format of documents being sent:

An emailed auto reply will be issued upon DWFRS receiving plans to the dedicated mailbox [email protected]

Floor plans

Floor plans must show the location of specific equipment as defined by the Regulations. The plans must clearly identify and distinguish between the following:

Additional information to this list should not be included on submitted floor plans to ensure the plans are kept to a consistent standard across our Service area.

We require each floor to have a separate plan, regardless of layout, so that the individual flat numbers can be easily identified on each floor. Therefore, a plan will need to be prepared and sent for each floor.

Building plan

A separate single page plan must be provided that shows the building and its immediate surroundings. This building plan will enable firefighters to orientate themselves upon arrival at the scene, and must provide information on access and key firefighting, both inside and outside the building.

The full list of information to be provided on the building plan is defined in the Regulations and includes all of the following:

Storage of hard copies

The Responsible Person is also required to provide a copy of the plans inside the premises’ secure information box. The plans should be sized to fit on A3 paper and, where necessary, printed in colour to assist in easy identification of the plan symbols. DWFRS recommends hard copy plans to be laminated to best protect the plans during their use.

To ensure a copy of the plans can remain with the incident commander at all times, as well as be used by firefighters inside the building, at least two copies of each plan should be provided inside the secure information box. Recognising how the plans will be used and the conditions they may be exposed to, plans should be laminated to ensure they remain usable throughout the course of an incident.

For further guidance on the preparation and storage of plans, including examples of floor and building plans, refer to The Code of Practice for the Provision of Premises Information Boxes in Residential Buildings.

There is also a Government fact sheet on secure information boxes that may be helpful.

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