The Local Government (LG) Group has led work to develop important new sector-led guidance on fire safety in purpose-built blocks of flats. This was after landlords articulated a number of concerns about how best they can deliver an appropriate level of fire safety in purpose-built blocks of flats.
LG Group has worked alongside local authorities, private sector landlords and management agents, housing and environmental health professionals and fire and rescue services to produce this guidance.
This sector-led guide has been developed by and for the housing sector and enforcing authorities to provide specific advice relating to purpose-built blocks of flats.
The guidance gives practical, comprehensive and proportionate advice across all housing sectors. As sector-led guidance, it does not introduce any new standards or regulations but clarifies a number of complex issues around risk assessment and fire safety management. This is to ensure that the residents of these buildings get appropriate advice from their landlords on what to do in the event of a fire.
It is intended to meet the needs of housing providers and enforcing authorities for guidance tailored to purpose-built blocks of flats. These buildings are only a small part of the scope of other guidance documents.
This document is intended to assist responsible persons to comply with the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 and the Housing Act 2004 and it is expected that enforcing authorities will have regard to this guide.
The guidance has been funded by Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) and the Electrical Safety Council and produced by CS Todd and Associates.
The guidance complements existing fire safety guidance made available by DCLG and Local Government Regulation (formerly LACORS).