Fire safety in purpose-built flats

This document was commissioned by the Government and was written by experts in the field of fire safety. It was published in July 2011.

Please note that this government commissioned guidance will be reviewed in the light of the forthcoming phase one report of the Public Inquiry into the Grenfell Tower fire under Sir Martin Moore-Bick, taking into account Dame Judith Hackitt’s Independent Review of Buildings Regulations, any changes to building regulations that arise from the Government’s consultation on Sprinklers and other fire safety measures in new high-rise blocks of flats, and Fire Safety and expert views from the National Fire Chiefs Council and MHCLG.

It should be read in conjunction with the advice to building owners that was published by DCLG on 29 September 2017 alongside the National Fire Chief Council's guidance on simultaneous evacuation.

This government commissioned guidance was compiled following concerns from landlords about how best they could deliver an appropriate level of fire safety in purpose-built blocks of flats. Councils, private sector landlords and management agents, housing and environmental health professionals and fire and rescue services were approached to help compile it.

Following the Lakanal House fire inquest, the Coroner produced a number of recommendations that needed to be addressed by the fire sector, councils and government. The LGA consulted government and other partners on the implications of the recommendations for this guidance and they were all satisfied that it remained appropriate.

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