The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005

The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 came into effect in October 2006 and replaced over 70 pieces of fire safety law.

The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 applies to all non-domestic premises in England and Wales, including the common parts of blocks of flats and houses in multiple occupation (HMOs).



The law applies to you if you are:

  • responsible for business premises
  • an employer or self-employed with business premises
  • responsible for a part of a dwelling where that part is solely used for business purposes
  • a charity or voluntary organisation
  • a contractor with a degree of control over any premises
  • providing accommodation for paying guests


Who is responsible?

Employer with control of a workplace, failing that…

  • Person with overall management of a building
  • Occupier of premises
  • Owner of premises (i.e. empty buildings)
  • Whilst other people like landlords have some control, the primary responsibility rest with employer
  • The responsible person will be held accountable. Under the Order he will be strongly be advised to nominate a competent supplier, one that can demonstrate it has ‘the appropriate skills and experience’. Both or either party may be held responsible at the time of inspection or post incident.

Whilst renewing the focus on the fire risk assessments and training the Order will state that fire brigades can advise on but not carry out fire risk assessments.

Under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, the responsible person must carry out a fire safety risk assessment and implement and maintain a fire management plan. Further information on what you need to do when carrying out a risk assessment is available on our Fire Risk Assessment page. Fire Warden Training London


If, having completed a fire risk assessment, you need more practical advice or information, please call us on 07949 795 744 we may be able to help.

Written by

Jeff Stewart is the Founder of Stewart Fire Protection Ltd. Based in Liverpool and offering full Fire Protection Services on a Nationwide Basis. This includes the supply and maintenance of Fire equipment and Fire Safety Training. Jeff has over 25 years experience in the Fire Safety Industry.