Fire Safety & Hotels

Reference: 

836

Request detail: 

Hello, I’d like to submit this FOI request and would be grateful if you could look into it.

**The term “hotel” is used here to describe a licenced business accommodating guests overnight. (please advise if this term does not match up with the way your records are kept under your section 16 duties to advise and assist requesters and let me know a suitable alternative)

1)    Please can you tell me how many fire safety inspections were carried out by your fire authority on hotels in the financial years:

a.       2014-15

b.       2015-16

c.       2016-17

d.       2017-18

2)    For the answers to Q1a-d please can you indicate how many inspections per year found the hotel in question to be non-compliant?

3)    Please can you tell me how many prohibition notices were given out by your fire authority on hotels in the financial years:

e.       2014-15

f.        2015-16

g.       2016-17

h.       2017-18

4)    If possible within the cost limit can you give the names and addresses of all hotels that were found to be non-complaint during a fire safety check in the financial years:

a.       2014-15

b.       2015-16

c.       2016-17

d.       2017-18

If you need any further information from me in order to deal with my request, please call me on 07703924366.

If you are encountering practical difficulties with complying with this request, please contact me as soon as possible (in line with your section 16 duty to advise and assist requesters) so that we can discuss the matter and if necessary I can modify the request.

If it is necessary for any reason to redact any information, please redact the minimum necessary and send me the rest of the material, explaining the legal grounds for each redaction.

Please can you acknowledge receipt of this request.

Response detail: 

Thank you for your Freedom of Information Request. For questions 1, 2 and 3 please refer to the figures below.  Please note that the term ‘inspection’ has been taken to mean the completion of the 2009 Fire Safety Audit form in order to determine the level of compliance with the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. Non-compliance has been measured as any audit which has not been recorded as ‘Broadly Compliant’.

Premises used for these figures are those which have been allocated the supplementary line number of A010 (Hotel and Boarding House). There is no fixed fire safety definition of Hotel and there are many different kinds of sleeping accommodation. In order to make that determination, the following guidelines are used where there is a new premises in need of classification or there is an application for change of use:

Accommodation provided for paying guests who are unfamiliar with the premises.
Premises would have been certifiable under the Fire Precautions Act 1971
It doesn’t fall under any other definition such as Housing of Multiple Occupation (HMO).
Classified by the owner/building control body etc. as a hotel.

Question 4 uses the terminology ‘fire safety check’ rather than ‘inspection’. The parameters used for this question are the same as questions 1 and 2 as it appears to refer to the same activity.

The spreadsheet contains the responses to question 4. Please note that those premises that were identified as non-compliant in each of the years also includes an update on their current status (as at 26/10/18). The process of deregulation is such that it is the responsibility of the responsible person to ensure their compliance with the law. Notification of the deficiencies, will not necessarily mean the Service will re-inspect immediately as it is the owners responsibility to ensure they rectify any deficiencies highlighted. The process means that the Service will attend premises based upon risk and the availability of staff. Effectively, the Service will attend higher risk premises rather than go back to re-inspect a particular one especially if the deficiencies are minor.  Those that remain unsatisfactory on our records from 2014/15, 2015/16, 2017/18 may actually now be satisfactory, the Service’s inspection regime has considered the re-inspection to be low priority. Please be advised for those premises marked unsatisfactory Officers are working with those premises to rectify their deficiencies to be compliant.

 

1)    Please can you tell me how many fire safety inspections were carried out by your fire authority on hotels in the financial years:

a.       2014-15       37          9

b.       2015-16       122        14

c.       2016-17       150        17

d.       2017-18       51          19

2)    For the answers to Q1a-d please can you indicate how many inspections per year found the hotel in question to be non-compliant? The response to this question is written in bold , above.

3)    Please can you tell me how many prohibition notices were given out by your fire authority on hotels in the financial years:

e.       2014-15       1           

f.        2015-16       0

g.       2016-17       0

h.       2017-18       0

 

4)    If possible within the cost limit can you give the names and addresses of all hotels that were found to be non-complaint during a fire safety check in the financial years:

a.       2014-15      

b.       2015-16

c.       2016-17

d.       2017-18

If you need any further information from me in order to deal with my request, please call me on 07703924366.

If you are encountering practical difficulties with complying with this request, please contact me as soon as possible (in line with your section 16 duty to advise and assist requesters) so that we can discuss the matter and if necessary I can modify the request.

If it is necessary for any reason to redact any information, please redact the minimum necessary and send me the rest of the material, explaining the legal grounds for each redaction.

Please can you acknowledge receipt of this request.

 

Information Released: 

Yes

Received: 

Monday, 1 October, 2018

Responded: 

Monday, 29 October, 2018

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