Consultation on the guidance is part of the work programme of the Ministerial Working
Group for Building and Fire Safety which was established following the Grenfell fire.
Non-domestic fire safety is a matter devolved to the Scottish Parliament. Provision
for fire safety in non-domestic premises in Scotland is contained principally in Part 3 of
the Fire (Scotland) Act 2005 (‘the Act’) and the Fire Safety (Scotland) Regulations
In general, the Act and associated regulations place a responsibility on employers and
other persons in control of premises to put in place appropriate fire safety measures
based on an assessment of risk in respect of their premises, and as such, affects almost
all businesses in Scotland.
When the Act came into being, a series of sector specific guides was produced by the
Scottish Government to provide practical fire safety guidance for those with
responsibilities under Part 3 of the Act and the Fire Safety (Scotland) Regulations 2006.
This revised and updated guidance will replace some of those sector specific guides.
The guidance provides recommendations regarding the fire safety risk assessment
process, the reduction of risk and guidance on fire safety measures that can be
implemented to mitigate risk. There is no obligation, however, to adopt any particular
solution in the guides if the outcomes of a fire safety risk assessment can be met in some
The principal enforcing authority, the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS), is
required to take into account the content of the guides to assist in determining whether
enforcement action may be necessary, but in doing so it should have a flexible approach