Cleveland Fire Brigade visits and inspects a wide range of non-domestic premises to keep our communities safe from fire. If we discover problems that could make premises unsafe the actions we can take include issuing legal notices – which require the responsible person to take specific action, usually within a specified time, to ensure the premises are safe.
As an enforcing authority of fire safety legislation, Cleveland Fire Brigade is required by law (the Environment and Safety Information Act 1988) to maintain a public register which gives some information about these notices.
Notices place either restrictions or requirements on the responsible person who has been served. They are served under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, there are three types:
- Prohibition/Restriction notices:
Where the Fire Authority is of the opinion that the risk to persons in case of fire is so serious that all or parts of the premises should be restricted or prohibited premises until the specified matters have been addressed.
- Enforcement notices:
Where the Fire Authority is of the opinion that the responsible person or other duty holder has failed to comply with any provision of the Fire Safety Order.
- Alterations notices:
An alteration notice may be served on the responsible person if the Fire Authority is of the opinion that any structural alterations being made to the premises will constitute a serious risk to relevant persons (whether due to features of the premises, their use, and any hazard present or any other circumstances).
Viewing and maintaining the register
All notices served under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 by Cleveland Fire Brigade will be recorded on our Public Register in accordance with the Environment and Safety Information Act 1988. The register is available for public inspection (see link below).
Information relating to notices served will be available on the register within 14 days of expiry of the 21 day statutory appeal period. Where an appeal is made, a notice will not be recorded on the register until a decision on the appeal is final. In cases where the notice is overturned, no entry on the register will be made.
Any entries in the register which relate to a notice shall be kept in the register for a period of not less than three years from the date on which the notice was served. The information held on the public register is managed by the Fire Engineering department of Cleveland Fire Brigade.