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Frequently asked questions

Question: What does the enforcement support team do?

Answer: The enforcement support team receives details of possible serious breaches of fire safety legislation from the inspection teams based at various locations across the county. The enforcement support team will investigate these breaches and make recommendations for legal action. If the recommendation is to pursue a prosecution then we will compile a legal bundle in readiness for court.


Question: Who is a relevant person?

Answer: A relevant person means any person (including the responsible person) who is or may be on the premises, and, any person in the immediate vicinity of the premises who is at risk from a fire on the premises.


Question: Who is the responsible person?

Answer: In the workplace it would be the employer, if the workplace is to any extent under his/her control. In any other premises, then it would be the person who has control of the premises or the owner (as occupier or otherwise) where a trade, business or other undertaking (for profit or not) is carried on.


Question: What are relevant notices?

Answer: A "relevant notice" is any notice issued by any enforcing authority which is required by the Environment and Safety Information Act 1988 to be entered into the public register of notices. Under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 there are three relevant notices these are; an enforcement notice, an alterations notice and a prohibition notice.


Question: What is an enforcement notice?

Answer: An enforcement notice is a document which is sent to the responsible person from a fire authority stating that the enforcing authority (fire service) is of the opinion that the responsible person or any other person as is applicable has failed to comply with any provision of the Fire Safety Order 2005 or of any regulations made under it.