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The audit process

The process for carrying out a fire safety audit of premises is determined by the level of risk presented by those premises, regardless of what other legislation might apply to them.

Audits will be carried out on all known premises following a predetermined inspection programme, based on the overall risk score that has been allocated.

In addition to this, audits will also be carried out following:

  • receipt of selected building regulations completion certificates/final notices
  • notification of a serious fire incident
  • notification from operational personnel of a serious risk to persons due to the lack of fire protection measures within a premises
  • an application for a new licence under other statutory regulations or acts of parliament.

In order to demonstrate that the fire and rescue authority is meeting its legislative responsibilities, it is critical that at every stage the processes by which the levels of risk and the resulting enforcement activity have been determined are reasonable, recorded, transparent and auditable.