The role of the Fire Safety (or Protection) department is to enhance safety in public buildings and other spaces. We do this through a team of specialist inspectors, who apply their knowledge and training to ensure that the technical fire safety aspects of commercial building design, and subsequent occupied use, are correctly identified and applied.
We also enforce fire legislation in all commercial premises as far as it applies to general fire safety measures.
To achieve this, our staff will engage in activities that include carrying out fire safety audits of premises subject to the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, and initiating enforcement action, appropriate to the circumstances, to correct instances of non-compliance where we find it.
This will be in the form of:
- Providing general advice – using our experience and knowledge to help make safe premises even safer.
- Letter of Fire Safety Matters – an informal notification served where corrective action is needed.
- Enforcement Notice – a formal notice requiring specific remedial action.
- Alterations Notice – a notice to prevent changes to certain existing fire safety arrangements without prior notification to the Fire Authority.
- Prohibition or Restriction Notice – a notice to prevent all or part of a premises from being used or a specific activity from taking place.
- Prosecution – we will consider prosecution in extreme cases of safety critical non-compliance or flagrant breaches of the law.
We will also:
- Undertake statutory consultations with Building Control bodies and Approved Inspectors, in order to ensure compliance in the built environment and reduce fire risks by design.
- Undertake consultations and joint inspections with other enforcing agencies.
- Provide advice and guidance to building developers, owners, managers and others within the business community, in line with our Advice Policy.
- Undertake publicity and education campaigns, where appropriate, to ensure a clear understanding of, and compliance with, fire safety legislation.