Fire Safety

Specific fire safety provisions including detection, warning and furniture and furnishings are part of the mandatory licence conditions; however, there are other fire safety requirements which are enforced by the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (Opens in a new window or downloads a file) (SFRS).  You can contact your local SFRS office who will assist you with your fire safety enquiry.

Local Scottish Fire and Rescue Service Contacts (Opens in a new window or downloads a file)

Telephone: 01463 723000  
Email:  N.HLNDPandPLegislationSupport@firescotland.gov.uk (Opens in a new window or downloads a file)  

Fire safety law requires any person who has control of the relevant premises to carry out an assessment to identify risks to the safety of persons in respect of harm caused by fire in the premises. It also requires them to take fire safety measures which are reasonable to ensure the safety of persons.

Fire Safety Risk Assessment

The Scottish Government has provided detailed  guidance for existing premises with sleeping accommodation. (Opens in a new window or downloads a file)  There is specific guidance for Small Bed and Breakfast and Self-catering Premises (Opens in a new window or downloads a file).

The Scottish Government Website (Opens in a new window or downloads a file) has fire safety risk assessment examples and a blank template.

SFRS also have information on Fire Risk Assessments (Opens in a new window or downloads a file).

SFRS Fire Safety Checklist

SFRS are statutory consultees for all short-term let licence applications;  they have designed a simple checklist which will help determine if and how they will respond to consultations.  This checklist must be completed as part of the application for a short-term let licence.  The form asks for information to ensure that a premises fire risk assessment is suitable and sufficient.

SFRS Short-term Let Fire Safety Checklist (41.7kB) (Opens in a new window or downloads a file)