Building Regulations & Fire Safety
If you intend to carry out building work you will need to ensure any works
comply with the Building Regulations 2010 (as amended).
This means that the regulations will probably apply if you want to:
- Put up a new building.
- Extend or alter an existing one.
- Provide services and/or fittings in a building such as washing and
sanitary facilities, hot water cylinders, foul water and rainwater drainage,
replacement windows, and fuel burning appliances of any type.
- Alter the fundamental use of the building. The local authority building
control department or approved inspector are responsible for ensuring compliance
with the building regulations.
Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service Role
MF&RS will consult with Local Authority Building Control departments and Approved
Inspectors. Consultation relates to fire safety provisions in the design,
construction and adaptation of buildings. Legal requirements and national
guidance determine the consultation process.
If the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 (RRFSO) applies to the
premises or will apply following the building work, it is a legal requirement
that the building control body must consult with MF&RS. The RRFSO applies to most
premises, however domestic premises occupied as single private dwellings are not
In deciding the suitability of design proposals for building regulations
purposes, MF&RS will consider the guidance provided in “Approved Document B –
Fire Safety” however there may be other ways in which an equivalent level of
fire safety can be achieved. The approved document is available free of charge
to download Approved Document B
Whilst MF&RS will offer observations to the building control body (BCB) regarding
compliance with the Building Regulations, this process will also provide the
applicant (via the BCB) with advice on how completed building work must comply
with the RRFSO so that satisfactory levels of fire precautions are in place once
the building becomes occupied.
This type of consultation ensures, as far as possible, that no additional works
should be necessary once the building is occupied. MF&RS conduct routine fire
safety audits, based on risk, of most types of premises so it is in the
interests of the building owner, occupier, or other responsible person, to
ensure that risk appropriate fire safety standards are maintained throughout the
life of the premises.
If you intend to carry out building work it is recommended that in the first
instance you contact your local authority building control department or
MF&RS has adopted national procedural guidance for dealing with consultation
relating to building regulations. This, along with other detailed information
concerning all aspects of the control of building work, can be found at the