Fire Safety Certificates - Pre Oct 2006

Fire Safety Certificates - Pre Oct 2006


The requirement for Fire Certificates has now been replaced by the requirement for Fire Risk Assessment.

The information below no longer applies.

"Before the 1st October 2006 fire certificates must be applied for in the case of:

  • offices, shops, factories or railway premises where more than 20 people are at work;
  • offices, shops, factories or railway premises where more than 10 are at work elsewhere other than on the ground floor;
  • buildings with two or more individual offices, shops, factories or railway premises when the aggregate of people at work exceeds the above totals;
  • factories where, irrespective of the number of people at work, explosive or highly flammable materials are stored or used unless the fire authority has already confirmed there is no serious risk to employees;
  • hotels or boarding houses with sleeping accommodation for more than 6 guests or staff or, irrespective of numbers, with any sleeping accommodation above or below ground level.

In other cases, or in cases of doubt, it is advisable to check with the local fire authority whether a fire certificate is required since it is an offence to use premises for which one is required without applying for a certificate.

For premises already covered by a fire certificate, it is advisable to check with the local fire authority whether the certificate needs to be updated or has become unnecessary. This is because the premises may:

  • have a certificate issued before 1977 (or before 1972 in the case of hotels) which is in need of revision;
  • no longer require a certificate (for example due to exemption by the fire authority) and are covered by the Fire Precautions (Workplace) Regulations 1997."
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