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Theme 3

Plans

Last updated: 29 July 2021

Recommendation

33.12a

That the owner and manager of every high-rise residential building be required by law to provide their local fire and rescue services with up-to-date plans in both paper and electronic form of every floor of the building identifying the location of key fire safety systems.

Progress date:

Autumn 2021

Responsible for completion:

  • Government

Progress

Status

In progress

The Government consulted on proposals to require Responsible Persons (RPs) to provide their local fire and rescue service with up-to-date floor plans which identify the location of key firefighting systems. We also proposed that these are shared electronically and not in paper form, and that plans should be kept up to date. These proposals go further than the Inquiry’s recommendation by also requiring RPs to provide services with a single page building plan which should include the location of all important firefighting equipment.

The Government consulted on its proposal to impose a requirement that RPs have a Premises Information Box (PIB) in all high-rise multi-occupied residential premises. In addition to this, the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities consulted on the proposal to recommend PIBs in new blocks of flats through an update to Building Regulation guidance document Approved Document B (ADB). In our response to the Fire Safety Consultation, we announced the intention to amend building regulations fire safety guidance (ADB) to recommend PIBs in all new buildings over 11m, as measured by the guidance in ADB. Furthermore, the proposals for existing high rise multi-occupied residential premises require for PIBs to hold copies of those documents identified for this purpose within the Inquiry’s recommendations (including plans). In addition, we also proposed that a copy of the fire risk assessment and contact details for the relevant RP be held in the PIB.

The Government published its response to the consultation on 17 March 2021 (link).

The Government intends to implement these recommendations through regulations made under Article 24 of the Fire Safety Order (FSO). The Government intends s to lay these Regulations this autumn.  

Recommendation

33.12b

That the owner and manager of every high-rise residential building be required by law to ensure that the building contains a premises information box, the contents of which must include a copy of the up-to-date floor plans and information about the nature of any lift intended for use by the fire and rescue services.

Progress date:

Autumn 2021

Responsible for completion:

  • Government

Progress

Status

In progress

The Government consulted on proposals to require Responsible Persons (RPs) to provide their local fire and rescue service with up-to-date floor plans which identify the location of key firefighting systems. We also proposed that these are shared electronically and not in paper form, and that plans should be kept up to date. These proposals go further than the Inquiry’s recommendation by also requiring RPs to provide services with a single page building plan which should include the location of all important firefighting equipment.

The Government consulted on its proposal to impose a requirement that RPs have a Premises Information Box (PIB) in all high-rise multi-occupied residential premises. In addition to this, the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities consulted on the proposal to recommend PIBs in new blocks of flats through an update to Building Regulation guidance document Approved Document B (ADB). In our response to the Fire Safety Consultation, we announced the intention to amend building regulations fire safety guidance (ADB) to recommend PIBs in all new buildings over 11m, as measured by the guidance in ADB. Furthermore, the proposals for existing high rise multi-occupied residential premises require for PIBs to hold copies of those documents identified for this purpose within the Inquiry’s recommendations (including plans). In addition, we also proposed that a copy of the fire risk assessment and contact details for the relevant RP be held in the PIB.

The Government published its response to the consultation on 17 March 2021 (link).

The Government intends to implement these recommendations through regulations made under Article 24 of the Fire Safety Order (FSO). The Government intends s to lay these Regulations this autumn.  

Recommendation

33.12c

That all fire and rescue services be equipped to receive and store electronic plans and to make them available to incident commanders and control room managers

Progress date:

March 2022

Responsible for completion:

  • Fire and Rescue Services

Progress

Status for fire and rescue services

In progress

Status for London Fire Brigade

In progress

The National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC) surveyed all fire and rescue services in England about their progress against recommendation 33.12c. Every service reported they are equipped to receive and store electronic plans, and to make them available to the incident commander and control room managers when required. 

To fully address this recommendation, the NFCC recommend that operational risk information for high-risk high-rise residential buildings are accurate and contain all the pertinent information. 

In June 2021, the NFCC surveyed all fire and rescue services in England about their progress against recommendation 33.12c:

  • 52% of services (23 services) said they have reviewed all high-risk high-rise residential buildings in their area
  • 43% of services (19 services) have reported they will have completed this by the end of March 2022
  • The remaining 5% of services (2 services) will have completed this recommendation within 24 months. 

Due to the number of buildings and other risks in a fire services response area it is challenging to ensure all relevant operational risk information, plans and other information remains accurate. The responsible person for the building must ensure fire risk assessments and all relevant actions including the provision of plans and other information is completed. The proposed changes in legislation (for recommendations 33.12a and 33.12b) support fire and rescue services ensuring that appropriate information is available to emergency responders. 

All fire and rescue services have the appropriate technology to support the recommendation made.

London Fire Brigade report that the completion of recommendation 33.12c is likely to be incorporated into the Brigade’s OneRisk solution.

The completion of the OneRisk project will contribute to the effective storage and dissemination of electronic plans and amalgamate all relevant building related risk information into a single system.

The OneRisk project is currently in Phase 1 – Requirements Gathering