Fire safety enforcement
The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service are the enforcing authority for relevant premises under the Fire (Scotland) Act 2005 and have the power to access premises at any reasonable time in order to undertake an audit of the fire safety management arrangements. All duty holders and responsible persons have a responsibility to liaise directly with any enforcing officers at the time of the visit and to make available any requested information or records.
Fire Enforcement Officers may give recommendations to improve fire safety by way of:
- Informal verbal recommendations during the visit
- Informal recommendations given in a report following the visit
- Formal action resulting in the issuing of an enforcement notice that requires specific action to be taken or a prohibition notice that restricts the use of part or all of the premises until matters are remedied.
If contacted by the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service regarding audits, please inform the General Trustees (Fire Safety Adviser) prior to the agreed date of the visit. Attendance by the General Trustees Safe Buildings Team at the time of the proposed audit can be arranged.
Any enforcement or prohibition notices served following such audits should be reported to the General Trustees Safe Buildings Team immediately.