Fire risk assessments: how often must they be done?
There are no specific time periods in law for how often fire risk assessments must be carried out or reviewed....
30th April 2021
The Fire Safety Bill has now passed into Law. The new Fire Safety Act 2021 applies to England and Wales and amends the Fire Safety Order 2005 (“the 2005 Order”), and along with the draft Building Safety Bill is part of a collection of legislation that aims to tackle the recommendations within the Grenfell Tower Inquiry.
The new legislation clarifies that for any building containing two or more sets of domestic premises
- The 2005 Order applies to the building’s structure and external walls and any common parts, and applies to the entrance doors to individual flats opening into common parts; and
- References to external walls in the 2005 Order include “doors or windows in those walls” and “anything attached to the exterior of those walls (including balconies).”
The aim of these amendments to the 2005 Order is to clarify that the Responsible Person must manage and reduce the risk of fire for these areas.
The fire risk assessment will therefore be required to cover these areas.
The clarification empowers the local fire and rescue authority to take enforcement action in respect of these areas.
The government is providing £5.1 billion in funding to leaseholders in buildings taller than 18 metres for cladding remediation; and also plans to introduce a loans system for leaseholders in buildings between 11 and 18 metres. These loans will be long-term, low interest, government-backed financing to pay for cladding removal – where it is needed. Under the scheme, no leaseholder will pay more than £50 per month towards the removal of unsafe cladding.
The government has also extended the deadline for applying to the Building Safety Fund. Applicants who have already registered for the fund now have until 30th June 2021 (extended from 31st December 2020) to submit full applications based on tender prices, once invited to do so. The new deadline follows a 6-month extension to the original deadline of 31st December 2020.
To qualify for funding, all projects must start on site by 30th September 2021; that is that the Applicant must have entered into a signed Works Contract and the Main Contractor must have taken possession of the site and started to deliver the contract by 30th September 2021.