New Fire Safety Order

Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005

The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 came into force on 1 October 2006 replacing previous legislation.

It affects all forms of sleeping accommodation including everything in the Guest Accommodation scheme not previously covered i.e. those sleeping one to six guests. In relation to self-catering properties - it does not affect single private dwellings, but applies to blocks of flats etc. A house converted into holiday flats or for holiday letting will need to comply - as would a private house with B&B accommodation included in it.

  • The law states operators must take responsibility for fire safety themselves so all accommodation operators will have to carry out a fire safety risk assessment and preventative or protective measures needed as a result of the risk assessment need to be installed and/or maintained by a competent person.
  • Whoever carries out the risk assessment will be liable for anything which is found to be incorrect if anything goes wrong.
  • A series of guides have been produced to advise businesses on doing risk assessments including one for Sleeping Accommodation. Further information is available from Shropshire Fire and Rescue: 01743 260260.
  • It would be a good idea to let your insurance company have a copy of your risk assessment in case of a fire, to ensure that you are covered.

Risk Assessment Document (PDF) click here

Risk Assessment Template for Accommodation (DOC) click here

Do You Have Paying Guests Guide (PDF) click here

Sleeping Accommodation Risk Assessment Guide (PDF) click here

Building Regulations Approved Document B click here

Helpful Guidelines for Fire Safety Compliance

Unicorn Fire & Safety Solutions

Unicorn offers a comprehensive range of fire and health and safety services to Hotel and Bed and Breakfast, Self Catering providers and Attraction operations such as;

  • Fire Risk Assessments, advice and guidance.
  • Staff training in Fire, Health & Safety, Manual Handling and First Aid.
  • Fire Extinguisher supply, maintenance and servicing.
  • Portable Electrical Appliance (PAT) Testing, and;
  • Installation and maintenance of fire alarms and emergency lighting.

Our staff are all highly experienced ex Fire Service Officers and we aim to ensure your business complies with your statutory obligations at a sensible price which is proportionate to your risk and turnover.

We are already one of Shropshire's most cost competitive services, but we are pleased to offer members of Shropshire Tourism a 20% discount. Further discounts are available if you use more than one of the services we provide.

For more information call 01743 360211, email us at or visit our website

Important Update

We have been advised that there is some confusion as to if this legislation covers certain self catering establishments.

After consultation with HM Inspector - Geoff Bowles, we have discovered the following:

  • It depends on the nature of the let. If the let is for holiday/leisure purposes, whether a short break, a week or a longer holiday, it would need to comply with the legislation.
  • If a long term let as a place of residence (domestic residence) then it would not.

He went on to say that the purpose of the legislation is that if you are away from home and staying in any type of accommodation then the legislation will be applied to that accommodation. This would therefore cover business visitors, visiting friends & relations, and all type of visitor accommodation.

Shropshire Tourism's advice would therefore be that self catering units should be considered as being included in this legislation