Fire Safety Legislation

The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 came into force on 1 October 2006. This legislation effects all non-domestic premises.

Who enforces fire safety legislation?

Fire safety law is enforced by Fire Safety Inspectors from the local Fire Authority. For the Brighton & Hove area it is the East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service.

Further Advice

A series of guides are available, covering different building uses, to help you complete your fire risk assessment and identify the fire safety measures that will be required at The guides are designed so that a responsible person, with limited formal training or experience, should be able to carry out a fire risk assessment. If you read the guide and decide you are unable to apply the guidance then you should seek expert advice.

More complex premises will probably need to be assessed by a person who has comprehensive training or experience in fire risk assessment. However these guides will be appropriate for more complex, multi-occupied buildings to address fire safety issues in individual occupancies.

Useful contacts

East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service

Address:- East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service, 20 Upperton Road, Eastbourne, East Sussex, BN21 1EU.
Telephone: 0845 130 8855
Fax: 01323 725 574
Minicom: 01323 462 003

The Fire Protection Association is the UK’s Fire Safety Organisation and can be contacted at  The Fire Protection Association, in association with the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, have produced some useful checklists covering vital fire prevention topics that will help you prevent fires starting in your workplace. To download the checklist click on the following Guidance on Fire Safety at Work [PDF 1.22MB]

Contact us

For more information about health & safety contact the Health & Safety Team:

Phone: 01273 294429

or visit Bartholomew House, Bartholomew Square, Brighton, BN1 1JP
Street map: Bartholomew Square