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Building and floor plans

Regulation 6 of the Fire Safety (England) Regulations 2022 require responsible persons (RP's) of high-rise residential buildings in England to share up-to-date plans of the building with the Fire and Rescue Service.

The plans will be used by operational firefighters during an incident and need to be clear, simple and easy to use.

Building Plan

A separate single page plan must be provided which shows the building and its immediate surroundings. The building plan will enable firefighters to orientate themselves upon arrival. They must provide information on access and key firefighting both inside and outside the building.

The full list of information to be provided on the building plan is defined in the Regulations and includes all of the following:

  • The environs of the building
  • Details of the use of the building, for example for commercial or residential purposes
  • Access for fire and rescue appliances
  • The dimensions of the building
  • Information on the number of storeys of the building and the number of basement levels (if any)
  • Information regarding the presence of maisonettes or scissor section flats
  • Inlets for dry-rising mains
  • Inlets for wet-rising mains
  • The location of shut-off controls for any sprinklers
  • Access points for the building
  • The location of the secure information box
  • The location of the controls for any smoke control system
  • The location of any firefighting shaft
  • The location of main stairways in the building
  • The location of the controls for any evacuation alert system

Floor Plans

Floor plans must show the location of specific equipment as defined by the regulations. The plans must clearly identify and distinguish between the following:

  • Passenger lifts
  • Lift for use by firefighters
  • Evacuation lifts
  • Inlets / outlets for dry-rising mains
  • Inlets / outlets for wet-rising mains
  • Smoke control systems
  • Suppression systems

You will need to prepare a plan for each floor. Where floors are identical, you may prepare a single plan providing the floors to which the plans refer to are clearly indicated. However, we would prefer that each floor has a separate plan, regardless of layout, so that the individual flat numbers can be easily identified on each floor.

The RP must send electronic copies of the plans to When sending plans, please make sure the name and address of the building to which the plan relates is clearly identified.

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