Fire & Rescue, Fire Safety, Social Housing
From 23rd January 2023, new regulations will come into force in England with requirements for responsible persons of high-rise residential buildings.
The definition of requirements for a responsible person for a ‘high-rise residential building’ varies depending on the height. The legal definition of a ‘responsible person’ is covered in the Fire Safety Order and it is not open to building owners, enforcing authorities or others to choose to “make” someone the responsible person. More information can be found in this government guidance.
The Fire Safety (England) Regulations 2022, being introduced under Article 24 of the Fire Safety Order, stipulate that a responsible person will be required to provide information on their high-rise blocks of flats to their local fire and rescue service (FRS). This is to assist them in planning for, and responding to, an incident in their building.
The regulations will also require responsible persons in multi-occupied residential buildings, which are high-rise buildings, as well as those above 11 metres in height, to provide additional safety measures.
Under the Fire Safety (England) Regulations 2022, the responsible person will be required to share the following information via electronic means with their local FRS:
There is a tool on the Fire England website to support responsible persons with identifying their local fire and rescue service. Each FRS will put in place arrangements for receiving electronic copies of external wall reports, floor and building plans and fault reports.
In all multi-occupied residential buildings, the regulations require responsible persons to provide residents with fire safety information, including:
In multi-occupied residential buildings of over 11 metres in height, there are additional requirements for responsible persons as set out by the regulations. In addition to the above, these include:
Further requirements for responsible persons (RP) are stipulated for high-rise residential buildings at least 18 metres tall or seven storeys in height. These include:
More information on the Fire Safety (England) Regulations 2022 can be found on the Government’s website, including further guidance published to support responsible persons with complying with requirements.
*Please note: The above summary is based on FireAngel’s interpretation of Fire Safety (England) Regulations 2022, always refer to the standard for specific guidance