Fire Safety Risk Assessments
Fire Safety Risk Assessments are required for a wide variety of commercial, industrial and some residential premises where there are common parts e.g. blocks of flats and some HMOs.
It is a Council requirement that all licensed HMOs must have a fire safety risk assessment. For three and five year licences this will be a requirement prior to licensing. For one year licences, it will be applied as a condition of the licence.
The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 requires the 'responsible person', who could be the landlord/licence holder or an agent with full management control, to carry out and regularly review a fire risk assessment. This is enforced by the Fire and Rescue Authority.
The fire risk assessment must be 'suitable and sufficient', and assistance from an appropriately competent person should be sought as necessary to achieve this.
Further information and guidance on completing a fire risk assessment is available from the government's services and information website.
Once HMO applications are available online you will need to lodge your Fire risk assessment to the Licensing portal along with other fire safety related documents. Paper applications will be accepted until an online system is ready.
It is generally agreed that the Local authority take responsibility for Fire Safety in HMOs. However, our acceptance of your fire risk assessment/self-declaration does not protect you from any action required by the Fire and Rescue Authority. Should the Fire and Rescue Authority carry out an audit of your risk assessment, you could be asked to undertake further work or be subject to enforcement action.
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