Key information

Our Pledge

Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service are the Enforcing Authority for the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 in Cheshire.

We regularly conduct audits of business premises to assess compliance with this legislation to help you reduce the risks from fire. We also have a dedicated Business Safety Team who actively work with businesses to ensure that they are compliant with the above legislation and ensure that they stay safe from the risk of fire. We regularly work with the business community, signposting the "responsible person" to free templates and guidance documents.

For further information you can contact the team.

The Fire Safety Order

The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 or "the Fire Safety Order" came into force on 1st October 2006.

The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 (opens in new window)

What does this mean for my business?

The legislation fundamentally changed the way in which fire safety for businesses is carried out and enforced.

It provides for a risk-based approach to fire safety in non-domestic premises.

This allows more efficient and effective enforcement by the fire and rescue service.

Who does it apply to?

The Fire Safety Order applies to most non-domestic premises. It includes many businesses, such as:

  • Guesthouses

  • Small day nurseries

  • Self-employed people

  • Parts of the voluntary sector

What do I have to do?

The Responsible Person at the premises is responsible for carrying out a risk assessment to identify the risks and hazards, with fire safety officers enforcing the Fire Safety Order through audits.

Fire safety certificates are no longer issued.

If you are:

  • Responsible for your business premises

  • An employer

  • Self-employed with business premises

  • A charity or voluntary organisation

  • A contractor with a degree of control over any premises

YOU WILL be required to undertake a Fire risk assessment

It is your responsibility to make sure your workplace reaches the required standard and employees are provided with adequate fire safety training.

What am I responsible for?

The Responsible Person is responsible for:

  • Reducing the risk from fire as far as reasonably practicable

  • Providing general fire precautions

  • Taking additional measures where flammable or explosive materials are involved

  • Creating a plan to deal with emergencies

Our inspection programme

We have a database of over 32,000 non-domestic premises in Cheshire East, Cheshire West and Chester, Halton and Warrington.

We adopt a risk based inspection programme targeting those premises that present the highest risk.

Preparing for an audit

If your business is audited you will be visited by a qualified fire safety officer who will follow a set procedure which is designed to establish your compliance with the requirements of the Fire Safety Order.

Find out how you can prepare for your audit

Frequently asked questions

Here are some of the most frequently asked questions that we receive:

  • Where does the Fire Safety Order apply?

  • Do I need a fire risk assessment?

  • What are my main requirements/duties of the Fire Safety Order?

  • Do you run training courses on fire safety - for example use of extinguishers or how to complete a fire risk assessment?

  • Do I need to test my fire alarm/emergency lighting?

  • Do I need Fire Extinguishers?

To find out the answers and read more frequently asked questions please visit - Frequently asked questions

Our Campaigns

This year we are supporting a number of NFCC campaigns all aimed at protecting your businesses. We are also running many of our own campaigns all designed to give you usable information that can help you to keep yourself, your staff, your customers and your business safe. If you would like any more information about our upcoming campaigns please contact us directly or visit our Campaigns webpage.

Campaign Calendar 2021 (new window, PDF 122KB)


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Last updated: Thursday 09 December 2021