The Fire Safety (England) Regulations 2022 came into effect on the 23rd January 2023 and introduce new duties under the Fire Safety Order for building owners or managers (responsible persons).
The Fire Safety (England) Regulations 2022 will implement the majority of the recommendations made by the Grenfell Tower Inquiry in its Phase 1 report which required a change in the law.
The regulations seek to improve the fire safety of blocks of flats in ways which are practical, cost effective for individual leaseholders and proportionate to the risk of fire.
The regulations will come into force on 23 January 2023 following publication of guidance which was published on 6 December 2022.
For high-rise residential buildings (a multi-occupied residential building at least 18 metres in height or 7 or more storeys), responsible persons must:
For multi-occupied residential buildings over 11 metres in height, responsible persons must:
In all multi-occupied residential buildings, responsible persons must:
The Fire Safety Act (FSA) clarifies the scope of the Fire Safety Order to make clear it applies to the structure, external walls (including cladding and balconies) and individual flat entrance doors between domestic premises and the common parts.