Policy paper

Fire Safety Act 2021

Information about the commencement of the Fire Safety Act and how it affects Responsible Persons and others.


Fire Safety Act commencement: prioritisation guidance

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The Fire Safety Act

The Fire Safety Act clarifies the scope of the Fire Safety Order to make clear it applies to the structure, external walls (including cladding and balconies) and individual flat entrance doors between domestic premises and the common parts of a multi-occupied residential building.

If you are a Responsible Person, you must consider these parts when conducting fire risk assessments, if you have not done so already.

More detail is contained in the factsheets and guidance on this page.

Fire Risk Assessment Prioritisation Tool

To support the commencement of the Fire Safety Act the government is launching the Fire Risk Assessment Prioritisation Tool. This is an online tool for Responsible Persons to prioritise how soon your fire risk assessments should be updated.

To help you use of the tool, read the ‘Fire Safety Act Commencement prioritisation guidance’ available on this page.

Updates to this page

Published 18 May 2022
Last updated 24 February 2023 + show all updates
  1. Updates made to 'Fire Safety Act 2021 factsheet: Information on commencement of sections 1 and 3 of the Fire Safety Act' as the Fire Risk Assessment Prioritisation Tool is now available.

  2. First published.

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