The Government has consulted on proposals to require Responsible Persons to undertake checks of the self-closing devices on fire doors in multi-occupied residential buildings over 11 metres and above:
- For buildings of 18 metres and above, all fire doors in the non-domestic parts (the common parts) should be checked at not less than three-monthly intervals and all flat entrance fire doors at not less than six-monthly.
- For buildings of 11-18 metres, all fire doors in the non-domestic parts (the common parts) should be checked at not less than six-monthly and all flat entrance fire doors at not less than yearly intervals.
- For buildings under 11 metres, we sought views on the role of guidance to promote checks of the self-closing devices on all fire doors in these buildings at a frequency which would take account of the age of a building, its height and risk profile.
In its consultation, the Government sought views on proposals for a reasonable and practicable level of checks proportionate to the risk. In line with the Inquiry’s additional recommendation on fire doors, (recommendation 33.30), where unsafe cladding is incorporated into external walls, we proposed that those that have ‘control’ of the relevant door in high-rise residential buildings are placed under an obligation to ensure that the door complies with current standards and if necessary, replace the door. The Fire Safety Act achieved Royal Assent on 29 April 2021, which clarifies the scope of the Fire Safety Order as including the external walls (including cladding and balconies) and flat entrance doors for premises containing two or more sets of domestic premises.
The Government’s response to the Fire Safety consultation was published on 17 March 2021 (link).
The Government intends to implement these recommendations 33.29a and 33.29b through regulations introduced under Article 24 of the Fire Safety Order (FSO). The Government intends to make these regulations this autumn.