Last edited 16 Dec 2020

Fire inspector

The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 consolidated and rationalised previous fire safety legislation and reduced the number of enforcing authorities dealing with general fire safety matters.

For the purposes of the Order, enforcing authorities may be:

Enforcing authorities may appoint inspectors to perform their duties.

According to the order:

The powers of inspectors include anything necessary for the purpose of carrying out the Order, including:

  • Entering premises, but without the use of force.
  • Making inquiries necessary to determine whether the provisions of the order apply or have been complied with and to identify the responsible person.
  • Requiring the production of information.
  • Requiring any person having responsibilities in relation to premises to provide facilities and assistance to exercise their powers.
  • Taking samples of any articles or substances for the purpose of ascertaining their fire resistance or flammability.
  • Causing articles or substances to be dismantled or subject to any process or test, but not so as to damage or destroy them unless this is necessary.

Inspectors must, if asked, produce evidence of their authority and if requested exercise their powers in the presence of people responsible for the premises. They must also consult to ascertain what dangers there may be of dismantling or testing articles or substances.

See also Fire door inspector.

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