What happens after the audit?

Once the audit is complete one of the following happens:

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1. Everything is satisfactory and there is no further correspondence.

2. There are items that need to be addressed; the fire safety inspector will send a letter of non-compliance with a report listing the items to be addressed.

3. There are items that need to be addressed promptly; the fire safety inspector will send a letter of non-compliance with a report listing the items to be addressed with a date for them to be completed by. The fire safety inspector will return to check. If nothing has been done an enforcement notice may be issued.

4. There are items that need to be addressed urgently the fire inspector will issue an Enforcement Notice with a schedule listing the items to be addressed and a date to be completed by, and will return to check.

5. If the fire safety inspector is of the opinion that use of the premises involves or will involve a risk to relevant persons so serious that use of the premises ought to be prohibited or restricted, a Prohibition Notice will be issued, this would take effect immediately.

The Fire & Rescue Service may also issue an Alterations Notice this would require the responsible person to inform the fire authority of changes to the premises.

The responsible person has the right of appeal to a magistrates court within 21 days of the issuing of a notice.

Failure to meet requirements of the Fire Safety Order, an Alterations Notice, an Enforcement Notice or a Prohibition Notice may lead to the responsible person being prosecuted.