Revised Fire Regulations Guidance for B&B and Self Caterers

Following a 12 week public consultation exercise which ended on 4 February 2010, revised fire regulations for B&B and self-catering owners have been issued. The scope of the new guidance covers B&Bs with up to eight paying guests and self catering establishments providing accommodation for up to 10 people.

Under the previous guidance, introduced in 2007, proprietors had responsibility for conducting their own risk assessment. Fire services then had the powers to enforce the introduction of additional measures should they deem it necessary.

The new guidance requires bed and breakfast owners to apply an agreed level of fire safety cover, consistent with the size and risk profile of the property.

A series of sector specific guides has been produced providing practical fire safety guidance for those with responsibilities der fire safety legislation.   download the Sleeping Accommodation Premises Guides go to

Your fire and rescue service, if requested, will work with you to help you understand your fire safety responsibilities.  Services will understand the need for an action plan to take account of individual circumstances and business pressures, and in most cases a phased approach to upgrading fire safety measures is likely to be considered reasonable.  Formal enforcement action will normally only be taken where there is a disregard for fire safety or there is a serious risk from fire to those in the property.





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