Fire Safety Law


The Fire and Rescue Services (NI) Order 2006 (The Order) came into effect on 15 November 2010. It replaced and simplified previous fire legislation in non-domestic premises by using a modern risk based approach to fire prevention.


It means that any person who has some level of control in premises must carry out a Fire Risk Assessment to ensure that reasonable steps are taken to reduce risk from fire and make sure people can safely escape if there is a fire.


The Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service will be the enforcing authority in respect of the majority of premises and will visit premises to ensure compliance with fire safety law.


Relevant premises:


  • Offices and shops

  • Premises that provide care, including care homes and hospitals

  • Pubs, clubs and restaurants

  • Places of worship

  • Educational establishments including schools

  • Theatres and cinemas

  • Sports centres and other community premises

  • Hotels and hostels

  • Guests houses and bed & breakfast accommodation

  • Shared areas of properties common to several households

  • Houses of multiple occupation

  • Factories and warehouses

  • Tents and marquees

  • Transport premises and facilities

  • Animal premises and stables

  • Open air events and venues