Consultation outcome

Fire safety

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Fire safety: government response

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This is the government response to the public consultation on fire safety that ran from July to October 2020. It provides a summary of the responses received and sets out the next steps the government will take to strengthen fire safety for all regulated buildings which include:

  • legislating through the Building Safety Bill to strengthen the Fire Safety Order in a number of key areas
  • delivering new regulations through Article 24 of the Fire Safety Order in response to the Grenfell Tower Inquiry Phase 1 Report recommendations
  • implementing changes to improve engagement between building control bodies and fire and rescue services

Original consultation

Summary

We are seeking views on proposals to strengthen the Fire Safety Order, implement Grenfell Tower Inquiry recommendations and strengthen the regulatory framework for how building control bodies consult with Fire and Rescue Authorities.

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Consultation description

The government is determined to continue to learn the lessons from the Grenfell Tower fire, and reform building and fire safety to ensure that such a tragedy can never happen again.

The fire safety consultation contains proposals to:

  • strengthen the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 and improve compliance
  • implement the Grenfell Tower Inquiry Phase 1 Report recommendations that require a change in law to place new requirements on building owners or managers of multi-occupied residential buildings, mostly high rise buildings
  • strengthen the regulatory framework for how building control bodies consult with Fire and Rescue Authorities and the handover of fire safety information

The fire safety consultation, published alongside the draft Building Safety Bill, is key part of government’s package of reform to improve building and fire safety in all regulated premises where people live, stay or work and to deliver key Grenfell Tower Inquiry recommendations.

Below is a full package of documents to support the consultation. Alongside the fire safety consultation documents we have published for reference the impact assessment.

Supporting documents:

The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 call for evidence

The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 call for evidence: summary of responses

Grenfell Tower Inquiry Phase 1 report

Grenfell Tower Inquiry Phase 1 report: government response

Draft Building Safety Bill

Documents

Fire safety consultation

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Fire safety consultation impact assessment

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Published 20 July 2020
Last updated 31 August 2021 + show all updates
  1. Accessible HTML version of 'Fire safety: government response', 'Fire safety consultation' and 'Fire safety consultation impact assessment' added.

  2. Added government response to the Fire Safety consultation.

  3. Closing date of consultation changed back to 12 October 2020 as it was extended in error.

  4. Changed the closing date.

  5. First published.