3. The consultation
The purpose of the consultation was to seek views on the content and usefulness of the revised and consolidated guidance which aims to help those responsible for fire safety meet their legal duties. Examples of the type of premises to which the guide applies are:
- hotels and tourism hostels
- holiday lets
- holiday complexes, camping, glamping and caravan sites (other than privately used individual units)
- church halls and similar premises used regularly or occasionally for sleeping
- bunkhouses and bunk barns
- certain types of sleeping accommodation for pupils or employees
- all types of houses in multiple occupation ( HMO)
- boarding houses, guest houses and bed and breakfast accommodation
The consultation was open to everyone, but in particular we welcomed the views of dutyholders, for whom this guidance has been written.
Awareness of the consultation was promoted by notifying major stakeholders identified by Scottish Government, the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service and the Regulatory Review Group secretariat. A Scottish Government media release was issued on 7 November 2017 and social media was also used to promote awareness. SFRS also promoted the consultation through its online communication channels.
The consultation period ran from 7 November 2017 to 5 February 2018.
The consultation asked five questions:
1. Three fire safety guides are being combined to assist with reference and future updating. Do you have any suggestions for improving the structure of the combined guide?
2. Are there any changes that should be made to the content of the revised guide?
3. Is there any information or guidance that is not covered in the revision which you think needs to be included?
4. Do you have any other comments on the guidance document?
5. An Equality Impact Assessment and a Partial Business and Regulatory Impact Assessment are also available, and we welcome any comments you may have on each of these documents.