Research and analysis

Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005: Focus on Enforcement review

Summarises the findings from the review of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.


This report summarises the findings of the Focus on Enforcement review of applying and enforcing the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, particularly in relation to small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs).

Focus on Enforcement asks the public to help identify where regulation can be improved, reduced or done differently in specific areas. This review examined regulatory activity by English fire and rescue authorities. It relates to the statutory requirement for businesses to comply with the provisions of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.

The Fire Safety Order requires that a person who has some level of control in premises must take reasonable steps to reduce the risk from fire. They must also make sure people can safely escape if there is a fire.

We asked for views and experiences on:

  • working with fire safety officers and local fire and rescue authorities who visited premises
  • where companies received advice on fire safety compliance: we especially wanted to hear about issues faced by SMEs

This review carried out in the second half of 2012 involved discussions with a range of stakeholders including:

  • businesses and business representatives
  • fire protection teams
  • fire industry specialists
  • Chief Fire Officers Association (CFOA)