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Fire certificates for houses in multiple occupation (HMOs)

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If you own or lease buildings that have been converted into flats or bedsits you may now need a fire certificate.

​​Do you need a fire certificate?

Since 1 January 2013, 'houses in multiple occupation' (HMOs) have legally required a fire certificate.

If you own or lease buildings occupied by people who don't form a single household, your building may be classed as an HMO and you'll need a fire certificate.

A building may be an HMO if any of the following apply:

  • if the building, or part of the building, is owned or leased and has been converted into flats or bedsits
  • if more than five people live in the building and one or more of them sleep below the ground floor or above the first floor
  • if more than 40 people live in the building on any floor
  • if more than one of the flats / bedsits shares a toilet, bathroom or cooking facilities with another flat or bedsit
  • if the building has been converted into a block of self-contained flats, of which fewer than two-thirds are owner-occupied

How to determine if you need a fire certificate

Use this flow chart to decide if your property is an HMO. If you're not sure, contact the Jersey Fire and Rescue Service.

Premises that need a fire certificate are set out in greater detail in the Fire Precautions (Designated Premises) (Jersey) Regulations.

Download the Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO) flow chart (size 48kb)

Download Fire Precautions (Designated Premises) (Jersey) Regulations 2012 (size 140kb)

How to apply for a fire certificate for an HMO

Download and print this form and return it to the Jersey Fire and Rescue Service.

Download an FPA1 application form (size 186kb)



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