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Government call for evidence on the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005

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The Home Office has launched a call for evidence seeking feedback on the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 which regulates fire safety in non-domestic premises such as workplaces, offices, shops, commercial venues, warehouses, restaurants etc. The call for evidence is the first step in updating the evidence base to ensure that the Fire Safety Order is fit for purpose for all regulated premises and will cover overlapping regulatory frameworks (the Fire Safety Order and the Housing Act 2004) in multi-occupied residential buildings and also mixed use buildings.

Feedback is encouraged from enforcing authorities, fire safety professionals, as well as those who are regulated by the order and those whose safety must be considered under the order including employers and employees, landlords, managing agents and residents of multi-occupied residential / mixed use buildings..

The call for evidence complements the government’s consultation, Building a Safer Future: Proposals for reform in the building safety regulatory system. Both the consultation and call for evidence are important steps in the government’s programme of work to reform the building regulations and fire safety system, making sure that people are safe, and feel safe, now and in the future. Responses to this call for evidence will be used to assess any changes that may be needed and how they may be best achieved to ensure high and proportionate standards of fire safety in all buildings covered by the order.

The call for evidence will close on 31 July 2019.

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