Building Regulations Fire Safety Procedural Guidance

Building Regulations Fire Safety Procedural Guidance

The revised Building Regulations Fire Safety Procedural Guidance (Procedural Guidance) document was informed as part of the Joint Regulators Group of the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local government Building Safety Programme. The group comprised of multi-disciplinary representatives from Local Authority Building Control, National House Building Council, National Fire Chiefs Council, Home Office, Building Regulations Advisory Committee, Association of Consultant Approved Inspectors, Early Adopters and industry representatives.

The revision was informed by consultation of representatives, and those they represent, against the existing document with the addition of providing a new fire and rescue service consultation proforma and consultation process maps. The addition of the fire and rescue service proforma is a positive step in establishing a standardised approach to providing information required to inform the Building Regulations consultation process.

As the professional voice of fire and rescue services in the UK, National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC) aims to drive improvement and consistency in service delivery, NFCC also promotes high standards of professionalism within the fire sector. NFCC are of the opinion Procedural Guidance assists in delivering these key objectives. If Procedural Guidance is followed then many of the issues regularly encountered during Building Regulations consultations, and those submitted as part of the review process, will be addressed. The addition of the fire and rescue service proforma is a positive step in achieving this.

The revised Procedural Guidance, new fire and rescue service proforma and consultation process maps will assist fire and rescue services, and those they consult with during Building Regulations consultations, in achieving increased consistency of consultation and regulation. This will contribute to providing greater reassurance of the consultation process to premises owners, occupiers and members of the public alike.

What is Building Regulations Fire Safety Procedural Guidance?

Procedural guidance has been prepared for use by Building Control Bodies (Local Authority Building Control and Approved Inspectors) and the fire and rescue service, in England and Wales, but may also be of interest to any person with influence over a building’s fire safety arrangements. It explains the steps involved in approving the fire safety aspects of building work, and the interaction between the Building Regulations and other statutory fire safety requirements in England and Wales.

Although the guide has no legal status it is intended that all Building Control Bodies, and the fire and rescue service, will follow its principles. By ensuring proper and timely consultation between Building Control Bodies and fire and rescue services, and appropriate regard to the fire and rescue service response, there should be no need for extra building work to be undertaken at the end of a building project and before the building can be occupied for its intended purpose. Owners and occupiers will also benefit, as it generates a sound basis for their fire safety management procedures and fire risk assessment. 

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