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Fire Precautions Law and Designated Premises Regulations

DepartmentJustice and Home Affairs
Start date23/01/2012
End date20/03/2012
Type of consultationOther
Deadline for comments20/03/2012

About the consultation

An internal review of Fire Safety legislation in June 2010 highlighted the need to modernise the Fire Precautions (Jersey) Law 1977 and its associated Regulations. The Law came into force in 1979, but has remained unchanged since its introduction, whilst the UK legislation on which it was modelled evolved year on year, leading to a complete review and new legislation (Fire Safety Order 2005) being introduced in 2006.  Accordingly, it is intended to redefine and modernise fire safety in Jersey by learning from the changes that have been made in the UK and Europe. The proposed changes will encompass all premises (with the exception of single, private dwellings), which do not currently come under any fire safety legislation. This will enable the States of Jersey Fire and Rescue Service to designate those premises which are most at risk of fire by requiring them to have a fire certificate.

The proposed recommendations for changes to the Law and Regulations will help ensure that the States of Jersey Fire and Rescue Service:

  • delivers an appropriate level of legislation to Island premises based upon risk
  • provides a more robust mechanism for ensuring those premises with a Fire Certificate maintain conformity with the Law
  • is able to maintain a consistent approach incorporating those premises which currently fall outside of legislation through legal anomalies, by defining them appropriately within the Law
  • has a more robust method for managing change in certificated premises
  • helps to maintain the Island’s reputation as a safe and well regulated jurisdiction

Accordingly, comments are invited from interested parties on the following proposals:

  • to introduce a new definition for Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) into the Fire Precautions (Designated Premises) (Jersey) Regulations 1979
  • to adopt the same parameters, in relation to HMOs, as those which apply to properties currently covered in the Regulations
  • to amend the existing definition of ‘hospital’ to cover private hospitals
  • to introduce triennial renewal of all new and existing fire certificates

Download proposed changes to the Fire Precautions (Jersey) Law 1977 and the Fire Precautions (Designated Premises) (Jersey) Regulations 1979 (size 68kb)

How to submit comments to the consultation

Written replies should be sent to:

The Director of Safer Communities
States of Jersey Fire and Rescue Service Headquarters
P.O. Box 509
Rouge Bouillon
St Helier

Alternatively you can contact the Fire Service Administration team:

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