Percentage of households and premises with linked fire alarms: FOI release

Information request and response under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

Information requested

  1. Will you please let me know what % of Households and Premises have installed compliant systems?
  2. What is happening with those who have not complied?


In answer to question 2, no one will be criminalised if they need more time, however we encourage everyone to install these alarms which can help save lives. The legislation provides flexibility for people to fit the necessary alarms if they were unable to do so by the February 2022 deadline. The duty rests with the local authority to ensure that homes in their area are up to standard. The Scottish Government published a statement in partnership with COSLA on 21 January 2022 confirming that local authorities will be taking a proportionate and measured approach to compliance. Individual circumstances such as difficulty meeting the cost or obtaining the alarms, will be taken into account.

While our aim is to provide information whenever possible, in this instance the Scottish Government does not have the information you have requested in question 1. This is because an estimate of the number of households of all tenures with legislation compliant alarms will not be available until the results of the 2022 Scottish House Condition Survey are published. This is expected to be early 2024.

This is a formal notice under section 17(1) of FOISA that the Scottish Government does not have the information you have requested.

Outwith FOISA there is some further information in relation to your other comments contained in Annex 1.

About FOI

The Scottish Government is committed to publishing all information released in response to Freedom of Information requests. View all FOI responses at

Annex A - 202300341648


Please quote the FOI reference
Central Enquiry Unit
Phone: 0300 244 4000

The Scottish Government
St Andrews House
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