Fire Safety (England) Regulations 2022 - information sharing
From January, the Fire Safety (England) Regulations 2022 (the Regulations) will make it a requirement for responsible persons of high-rise residential buildings to provide information on their building/s to their local fire and rescue service. A high-rise residential building is defined as a building containing two or more sets of domestic premises and is at least 18 metres tall or has at least seven storeys.
The Regulations 2022 have been introduced as an important step towards implementing the recommendations of the Grenfell Tower Inquiry Phase 1 report.
The Regulations apply to England only and are being introduced under Article 24 of the Fire Safety Order. The Regulations can be found on the UK Government website.
The Home Office has published the guidance document Check your fire safety responsibilities under the Fire Safety (England) Regulations 2022.
Most of the requirements set out in the Regulations are imposed on the responsible person (RP), which RPs need to be prepared for ahead of the Regulations coming into force on 23 January 2023.
Guidance for carrying out routine checks on fire doors and provide information to residents has also been released, which can be found on the UK Government website.
Information sharing with local fire and rescue services
From 23 January 2023, the Regulations require responsible persons of high-rise residential buildings to provide information on their building to the local fire and rescue service.
The information to be shared includes details of the construction of the external walls, floor and buildings plans, and information on known faults with key firefighting equipment. The Regulations state that this information must be shared via electronic means.
How to provide the required information
Sharing building and floor plans
The Responsible Person (RP) of high-rise residential premises must provide Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service with up to date floor plans and single page building plans, showing key firefighting equipment. Information must be shared electronically and can be done using this email address: email@example.com
External Wall Information
The RP must prepare a record of the design of the external walls of the building, including details of the materials from which they are constructed. These must be provided to Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service by electronic means. To do this an electronic form is available here:
External Wall Information form
Fault Reporting and Rectification
The RP must complete routine monthly checks of lifts intended for use by firefighters, evacuation lifts, and other key pieces of firefighting equipment. Any faults identified with equipment that cannot be rectified within 24 hours should be reported to Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service via electronic means. To do this an electronic form is available here:
Once the fault has been dealt with, the RP must also report this to Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service. To do this an electronic form is available here: