Fire safety enforcement

We always aim to help businesses to comply with the requirements of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety Order) 2005 (“the Fire Safety Order”).  However, at times we have to enforce the law by implementing a formal enforcement procedure.  We will endeavour to avoid this course of action by working with you, the business owner/manager to resolve deficiencies to meet a satisfactory conclusion where possible, dependent upon the risk.

Fire safety 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.  Our officer may walk round all or part of your premises, speak to your staff or inspect records such as your fire alarm or emergency lighting test records.  At the end of the audit your premises will be given a rating.


If your premises have any deficiencies you will receive a letter from us advising you of the remedy you should take to gain compliance.  The fire safety officer who carried out the audit will be on hand to advise you should you have any questions.  You will be given a reasonable time scale in which to carry out the work required.

Enforcing the Law

Inspectors may take enforcement action in several ways to deal with a breach of the legislation.

For more information - Enforcing the Law

Failure to comply

Inspectors may take enforcement action in several ways to deal with a breach of the legislation.

For more information - Failure to comply

The National Enforcement Register

The National Enforcement Register is the national register detailing enforcement, prohibition and alterations notices issued to 'Responsible Persons' by Fire & Rescue Authorities under the Fire Safety Order. 

For more information - The National Enforcement Register

Public Availability of Information

Under the Code of Practice on Access to Government Information the Authority is committed to make available on written request, information about its actions and decisions, which includes information about notices it has issued.

For more information - Public Availability of Information

Freedom of Information

Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, individuals are given ‘a general right of access to information held by public authorities in the course of carrying out their functions subject to certain conditions and exemptions’. Details of Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service’s publication scheme is available at



Last updated: Thursday 02 December 2021