There are a number of regulations which apply to both new and existing buildings across the UK. In the case of new buildings, or those which include alterations, extensions or change of use, the appropriate Building Regulations apply. The regulations which apply are downloadable below, these are all statutory documents published by HM Government which must be abided by.

In October 2006, new legislation came into force putting the responsibility for the fire safety of properties under the control of building owners and managers. Under the RRFSO the “Responsible Person” for each premises is required to carry out an assessment of the risks from fire and then take steps to reduce or remove that risk. The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 or FSO, replaced over 70 pieces of fire safety law and came into force in 2006.

In order to comply a fire risk assessment must be completed together with providing an efficient and effective recording system to ensure that regular checks are made on fire prevention assets such as fire alarms and fire resisting doors, as well as providing training to staff and visitors of the building.

The law applies to you if you are:
  • responsible for business premises
  • an employer or self-employed with business premises
  • responsible for a part of a dwelling where that part is solely used for business purposes
  • a charity or voluntary organisation
  • a contractor with a degree of control over any premises
  • providing accommodation for paying guests

Fire doors play a major role in the fire safety and protection of ALL buildings covered by the FSO and it is important that fire doors are inspected correctly and maintained to ensure compliance.

Failure to do so can place property and lives at risk and is likely to result in criminal prosecution.

BS 9999 2008 Code of Practise for Fire Safety in Design,Management & use of Building
Fire Safety Approved Document B Commercial Buildings
The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005
Approved Document B Other than DwellingHouses
Health Technical Memorandum _05-02_2014
RRFSO 2005 Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order