New guidance for consulting with fire and rescue services on building projects

20 July 2020

The government has announced new building regulations and fire safety procedural guidance, setting out how building control bodies should consult with fire and rescue services on plans for building work. The new guidance also covers arrangements for the handover of fire safety information to the fire and rescue authorities.

The guidance was contained in a circular letter published on 15 July, and will be of interest to housing associations commissioning and developing new homes, as well as those carrying out works to existing homes that require building regulation approval.

It was published by Local Authority Building Control (LABC) with the National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC) and the Association of Consultant Approved Inspectors (ACAI), in conjunction with the Joint Regulators’ Group of the government’s building safety programme.