Fire Regulations

Due to the Fire Reform Regulations Act 2006, all 'sleeping accommodation' businesses are required by law to produce a fire risk assessment and review it annually.

Do you have paying guests? booklet released

The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) have released Guidance Notes (pdf 658kb) for providers of sleeping accommodation.
The booklet entitled ”Do You Have Paying Guests?”, seeks to address specific difficulties that the hospitality industry, specifically B&Bs, guest houses and self catering properties, have faced in understanding the new rules on fire safety.

DCLG have said it is designed to encourage compliance, by giving the owners of these businesses practical advice on reducing fire risks in their establishments. It explains the risk assessment process, sets out sources of further advice and guidance and offers some practical information for owners on what may represent appropriate and proportionate fire safety measures in these types of premises.


The booklet has been produced in partnership with English Regional Tourist Boards and the following organisations: VisitBritain, The Bed and Breakfast Association, English Association of Self-Catering Operators, British Hospitality Association, British Innkeeping Institution and others.


Also view the recent fire regulations article in the Autumn 2008 West Norfolk Tourism Link


Further information and advice on fire safety regulations and fire risk assessments:


Norfolk Tourism


Norfolk Tourism have a comprehensive training website containing up to date information on the fire legislation and its implementation in Norfolk.  They have led meetings with Norfolk Fire Service in consultation with all district councils in Norfolk to consider how a more flexible approach to future fire inspections could be adopted throughout Norfolk.


Visit Britain


Visit Britain are backing the campaign 'Fire Safety Sense' led by the national bed and breakfast association.


Communities and Local Government (CLG)


Visit the CLG website for information on fire safety requirements for sleeping accommodation businesses and an example of a fire risk assessment. 


Norfolk Fire Service


For further advice contact Norfolk County Fire Service on 01603 810351, email Norfolk Fire Service  or visit the Norfolk County Fire Service website.


Last updated: 02 September 2015
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