How is the Fire Safety Order enforced?
Kent Fire and Rescue Service (the Fire and Rescue Authority) is
responsible for the enforcement of the Fire Safety Order. Fire
safety officers based at the service’s four fire safety offices
make regular audits of premises to ensure the legislation is
- A fire safety officer has certain powers. For example a right
of entry and a right to require the production of relevant
documents. The details of the procedures to be adopted by officers
when conducting fire safety audits can be viewed on request.
- If we consider that any duty under the legislation has not been
complied with, we may take formal action, such as the serving of an
alterations notice or an enforcement notice. We will on all
occasions exercise due care and consideration with regard to the
use of our powers and, as far as is reasonably practicable, we will
ensure matters are addressed through legislation having primacy in
- If we are of the opinion that the risk to life is so serious,
we may serve a Prohibition Notice to prohibit or restrict the use
- It is an offence not to comply with the requirements of the
legislation. Depending on the nature of the offence a guilty person
may be liable for a fine or imprisonment for up to two years, and
in same cases, both.
- However, we stress that the main aim of the Fire Safety Order
is to encourage a risk assessed approach and to realise that there
is often more than one way to achieve an acceptable level of fire