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18/03/2021

Unlimited fines will apply to fire safety breaches, says government

Words: Laura Edgar
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The Home Office has announced that building owners that breach fire safety regulations could face unlimited fines under measures being introduced in the building safety bill.

Fines will also be handed down to anyone who obstructs or impersonates a fire inspector.

The measures are a response to the consultation on fire safety consultation held last year. They will come into force as part of the legislation for the building safety bill.

A requirement for fire risk assessments to be recorded for each building will also be introduced, as well as improvements to how fire safety information is handed over during the lifetime of a building.

The measures will amend the Fire Safety Order.

The building safety bill has been drawn up to establish the first national Building Safety Regulator and overhaul the way buildings in scope of the new regime are designed, built and managed when occupied.

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