Fire Safety Risk Assessment Guides

The guides below are have been issued by the Government and are available to view or download free of charge.  Please select the guide that applies to the nature of your business.  We also recommend that you refer to the supplementary guides at the bottom of this page to ensure your fire risk assessment is suitable and sufficient.

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Offices and Shops

This guide is intended for less complex offices and shops, more complex premises will probably need to be assessed by a person who has comprehensive training or experience in fire risk assessment. 

 Download - Offices and shops

Small and Medium Places of Assembly

This guide is intended for premises where the main use of the building or part of the building is small (e.g. premises accommodating up to 60 people) or a medium (e.g. premises accommodating up to 300 people) place of assembly.

These include:

  • Public houses
  • Clubs
  • Dance halls/schools
  • Village halls
  • Community centres
  • Churches
  • Other places of religious worship or study and associated premises
  • Temporary structures and marquees/tents

Note: This guide does not apply to sports grounds or common areas of shopping malls; reference should be made to the guide for Large Places of Assembly for these premises.

 Download - Small and medium places of assembly

Large Places of Assembly (more than 300 people)

This guide is intended for premises where the main use of the building, or part of the building, is a large place of assembly.

These include:

  • Sports stadia
  • Exhibition and conference centres
  • Leisure centres
  • Swimming pools
  • Large nightclubs and large pubs
  • Museums
  • Libraries
  • Common areas of shopping malls
  • Marquees/ tents
  • Air-supported structures
  • Churches
  • Cathedrals
  • Other places of religious worship or study and associated premises
  • Large temporary structures
  • Large community centres
  • Large village halls and similar premises 

Note: This guide does not apply to premises that include sleeping accommodation, theatres, cinemas, concert halls and similar premises, and/or outdoor facilities; reference should be made to the relevant guides for these premises.

 Download - Large places of assembly

Factories and Warehouses

This guide is intended for premises where the main use of the building or part of the building is a factory or warehouse. It may also be suitable where the premises adjoin other complexes, although co-operation with other managers will be necessary as part of an integrated risk assessment for the complex.

 Download - Factories and warehouses

Sleeping Accommodation

This guide applies to premises where the main use is for sleeping accommodation.

Note: Houses in multiple occupation (HMO) and flats and maisonettes are covered by two pieces of legislation, the Fire Safety Order and the Housing Act 2004, for more information on the Housing Act 2004 please refer to our web page on housing fire safety.

The premises addressed in this guide include:

All guest accommodation properties:

  • Hotels, motels, holiday villages, serviced apartments and aparthotels
  • Bed and breakfasts, guest houses and inns
  • Restaurants with rooms
  • Farmhouses
  • Areas in workplaces, where staff ‘sleeping-in’ is a condition of the employment or a business requirement

Self catering accommodation (individual and multiple units)

  • Chalets
  • Flat complexes
  • Narrow boats and cruisers
  • Caravan holiday parks (excluding privately owned units-unless they are sub-let)

Other accommodation;

  • Hostels or homeless persons’ accommodation
  • Family accommodation centres, halfway houses
  • Residential health and beauty spas, resort and destination spas
  • Residential conference, seminar and training centres
  • Student halls of residence and areas of sleeping accommodation in other training institutions including military barrack style quarters
  • Those areas of buildings in boarding schools that provide sleeping accommodation
  • Seminaries and other religious colleges

The guide also covers the common areas of:

  • Houses in multiple occupation (HMO)
  • Flats and maisonettes
  • Park homes
  • Sheltered accommodation, where care is not provided (where care is provided, see residential care guide)

Note: This guide is not intended for use in domestic premises occupied as a single private dwelling (which includes private flats or rooms), hospitals, residential care and nursing homes; and prisons and other establishments where people are in lawful custody.

 Download - Sleeping accommodation

Educational Premises

This guide is intended for premises where the main use of the building or part of the building is an educational premises.

These include:

  • Schools
  • Colleges
  • Universities
  • Sunday schools
  • Academies
  • Crèches
  • Adult education centres
  • After-school clubs
  • Outdoor education centres and
  • Music schools

Note: This guide is not intended for residential premises (e.g. university halls of residence); the guide for premises providing sleeping accommodation should be used in this case.

If your premises are used for public entertainment or licensed, you may need to use one of the guides for places of assembly.

 Download - Educational premises

Residential Care Premises

This guide applies to England and Wales only. It does not set prescriptive standards, but provides recommendations and guidance for use when assessing the adequacy of fire precautions in premises providing residential care.

Note: This guide should not be used to design fire safety in new buildings.  Where alterations are proposed to existing premises, they may be subject to building regulations.

 Download - Residential care premises

Health Care Premises

It applies to premises where the main use of the building or part of the building is to provide healthcare and includes hospitals and other healthcare premises.

This guide is not intended for use in:

  • Care and nursing homes (other than those where the primary purpose is the provision of healthcare)
  • Rehabilitation premises providing residential treatment and care for various forms of addiction
  • Day-care centres with no residential clients or service users
  • Sheltered accommodation
  • Out-posted nursing care in single private dwellings;
  • Staff accommodation; and
  • Administration blocks

 Download - Healthcare premises

Theatres, Cinemas and Similar Premises

This guide is intended for premises where the main use of the building or part of the building is a theatre, cinema, concert hall or combination of these. As well as purpose built premises, this includes buildings converted for use as cinemas or theatres.

For temporary structures and marquees/tents used as a theatre or cinema, reference should be made to the guides for places of assembly.

For theatres, cinemas, concert halls and similar premises that are part of educational facilities or shopping complexes, or include sleeping accommodation, other places of assembly and/or outdoor facilities, reference should also be made to the guide for these premises.

 Download - Theatres, cinemas and similar premises

Open Air Events and Venues

This guide is intended for open air events, and venues, such as

  • Theme parks
  • Zoos
  • Music concerts and festivals
  • Sporting events
  • Race meetings
  • Fairgrounds
  • Street festivals
  • Religious festivals
  • Balloon festivals
  • Car-boot sales
  • County fairs, and
  • Other similar events

Note: This guide does not cover sports stadia, permanent buildings or structures, large temporary structures and air-supported structures. Where your event or venue includes the use of these, reference should be made to the appropriate risk assessment guide.

 Download - Open air events and venues

Transport Premises and Facilities

This guide is intended for transport premises and facilities, such as:

  • Airport terminals (passenger and freight)
  • Ferry/shipping ports (passenger and freight)
  • Rail (surface – train/light rail/tram – and sub-surface) Terminals, stations and platforms
  • Bus/coach terminals and stations
  • Transport interchanges
  • Tunnels (road and rail); and
  • Similar premises not included in the above list

 Download - Transport premises and facilities

Animal Premises and Stables

This guide applies to premises where the main use of the building(s) or part of the building is used as stables or livery yards, or equine establishments forming part of other occupancy premises, e.g. stables at racecourses. It may also be suitable for individual stables within other complexes, such as zoos, large animal sanctuaries or farm parks, although consultation with the occupancy managers will be necessary.

This guide may be used in conjunction with other guides in the series, for instance guide factories and warehouses, to inform risk assessments in other establishments as appropriate.

 Download - Animal premises and stables

 

These supplementary guides provide additional information and should be read alongside the other guides in the Fire Safety Risk Assessment series.

Means of Escape for Disabled People

This is a supplementary guide and should be read alongside other guides in the Fire Safety Risk Assessment series.  It provides additional information on accessibility and means of escape (MOE) for disabled people.

The document can be used to assist in completing the record of significant findings and should include a detailed account of measures that are in place to facilitate and assist disabled people to leave the building.

 Download - MOE for Disabled People

Making your Premises Safe From Fire

This booklet provides simple and practical advice to people responsible for fire safety in small and medium-sized businesses.  It provides guidance on how to make sure that you are meeting the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.

It is not a detailed guide, and it does not replace any of our more wide-ranging guides.

Download 'A short guide to making your premises safe from fire:

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Do you have paying guests?

If you provide accommodation for paying guests in England and Wales this booklet is designed to help you.

It gives people who own small bed and breakfasts (B&Bs), guest houses, self-catering accommodation and inns with rooms simple information on how to comply with the law.

It also offers you some practical advice on what fire precautions may be necessary to ensure your premises are safe.

We have also created a word version of the risk assessment and checklist from the guide 'Do you have paying guests' (see below).

 Download - Do you have paying guests? 

 Download - Risk assessment template