Making your small paying guest accommodation safe from fire

How to comply with fire safety law for those responsible for safety in small paying guest accommodation.


A guide to making your small paying guest accommodation safe from fire

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This guide gives simple and practical advice to assist persons with responsibilities for fire safety in paying guest accommodation with simple layouts, limited fire risks and a small number of bedrooms designated as guest sleeping accommodation for short-term lets, such as small bed and breakfast, guest houses and self-catering accommodation.

The guide takes the form of guidance and recommendations to support the application of fire safety legislation, including advice about completing a fire safety risk assessment.

This guide has been published by the Secretary of State under Article 50 of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 (FSO) to assist responsible persons in meeting their duties under the FSO.

If your paying guest accommodation falls outside the scope of this guide, you should base your fire precautions, and your fire risk assessment, on the guidance in Fire safety risk assessment: sleeping accommodation.

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Published 30 March 2023