Fire Safety Risk Assessment Guidance

1 October 2006 saw the implementation of new, simpler fire safety legislation (Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005). The changes were designed to make the law easier to comply with and understand, by reforming and rationalising fire safety laws contained in 118 pieces of legislation. This new legislation promotes self-regulation and places the requirement for compliance squarely on the employer.

A series of guides are available to assist business in Fire Safety compliance which can be found by clicking on the appropriate link below.



Main Use

Offices and shops

ISBN-13: 978 1 85112 815 0

Offices and retail premises (including individual units within larger premises e.g. shopping centres).

Factories and warehouses

ISBN-13: 978 1 85112 816 7

Factories and warehouse storage premises.

Sleeping accommodation

ISBN-13: 978 1 85112 817 4

All premises where the main use is to provide sleeping accommodation e.g. hotels, guest houses, B&Bs, hostels, residential training centres, holiday accommodation and the common areas of flats, maisonettes, HMOs and sheltered housing (other than those providing care - see residential care premises), but excluding hospitals, residential care premises, places of custody and single private dwellings.

Residential Care Premises

ISBN-13: 978 1 85112 818 1

Residential care and nursing homes, common areas of sheltered housing (where care is provided) and similar premises, which are permanently staffed and where the primary use is the provision of care rather than healthcare (see Healthcare premises).

Educational Premises

ISBN-13: 978 1 85112 819 8

Teaching establishments ranging from pre-school through to universities, except the residential parts (see Sleeping accommodation).

Small and medium places
of assembly

ISBN-13: 978 1 85112 820 4

Smaller public houses, clubs, restaurants and cafes, village halls, community centres, libraries, marquees, churches and other places of worship or study accommodating up to 300 people.

Large places of assembly

ISBN-13: 978 1 85112 821 1
Larger premises where more than 300 people could gather e.g. shopping centres (not the individual shops), large nightclubs and pubs, exhibition and conference centres, sports stadia, marquees, museums, libraries, churches, cathedrals and other places of worship or study.

Theatres, cinemas and
similar premises

ISBN-13: 978 1 85112 822 8
Theatres, cinemas, concert halls and similar premises used primarily for this purpose.

Open air events and venues

ISBN-13: 978 1 85112 823 5
Open air events, e.g. theme parks, zoos, music concerts, sporting events (not stadia - see Large places of assembly), fairgrounds and county fairs.

Healthcare premises

ISBN-13: 978 85112 824 2


Premises where the primary use is the provision of healthcare (including private) e.g. hospitals, doctors, surgeries, dentists and other similar healthcare premises.

Transport premises and facilities

ISBN-13: 978 85112 825 9

Transportation terminals and interchanges, e.g. airports, railway stations (including sub-surface), transport tunnels, ports, bus and coach stations and similar premises but excluding the means of transport (e.g. trains, buses, planes and ships).

Animal premises
and stables

ISBN: 978 1 85112 884 6
Animal premises, stables, livery yards and stables within zoos, large animal sanctuaries or farm parks.
Supplementary Guide

Means of escape for
disabled people

ISBN: 978 1 85112 874 7

This guide is a supplement to be read alongside other guides in this series.  It provides additional information on accessibility and means of escape.

Do you have paying guests?


Seeks to address specific difficulties that the hospitality industry, specifically B&B's, guest houses and self catering properties, have faced in understanding the sleepiong accommodation booklet.