Regulatory reform order 2005

Under the Regulatory Reform Fire Safety Order 2005 (RRFSO) building owners and employers have a legal duty to identify potential fire risks and take steps to eliminate them.

For architects, specifiers and designers, building fire safety measures into new and refurbished commercial and industrial buildings has always been a vital part of the design process. But with RRFSO, it has become even more important to show owners and managers accurate information about how fire safety performance has been achieved.

All parties are now accountable for fire safety.

In the event of a fire, failure to disclose accurate information regarding fire risk could invalidate insurance and lead to damages being pursued.


Key Points:

  • Covers all buildings other than dwellings
  • Also covers dwellings where one or more rooms are rented out
  • Via risk assessments, each fire hazard must be identified and appropriate measures taken to reduce risk
  • Places responsibility on designers and contractors to communicate fire risk to building owners and managers
  • Relevant during the construction phase and once the building is occupied
  • Those failing to comply with RRFSO risk criminal prosecution


To learn more visit the RRFSO website