Public consultation on a draft Code of Practice for Fire Safety in New and Existing Community Dwelling Houses.
The Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government, Mr Simon Coveney, T.D. has announced a public consultation on a draft Code of Practice for Fire Safety in New and Existing Community Dwelling Houses.
Why are we launching a consultation?
The Government’s National Housing Strategy for People with Disability 2011– 2016 sets out the framework to support people with disabilities to live as independently as possible within community based settings. The vision set out in that strategy is to facilitate access for people with disabilities to the appropriate range of housing and related support services. The services should be delivered in an integrated and sustainable manner and promote equality of opportunity, individual choice and independent living. This should be achieved within the mainstream housing environment.
These objectives are further amplified in Time to Move on from Congregated Settings, the main aim of which is to “facilitate access, for people with disabilities, to the appropriate range of housing and related support services, delivered in an integrated and sustainable manner, which promotes equality of opportunity, individual choice and independent living”.
In response to this expressed need, to fulfil overall national policy and to ensure the safety, health and wellbeing of people moving from congregated settings, it is proposed to issue a code of practice for fire safety in community dwelling houses, under section 18A of the Fire Services Acts, 1981 and 2003.
Additionally, it is envisaged that this type of dwelling house will be included as a purpose group in the overall revision of Technical Guidance B Fire Safety (TGD B), the guide to compliance with the fire safety requirements of the Building Regulations.
A draft code of practice has been prepared, with the assistance of a working group representative of experts and stakeholders.
The draft code of practice may be accessed by clicking on the link below titled 'Documents'.
How to get involved
The Department is inviting any interested parties to make written submissions to help inform the development of the code of practice. The template for making a submission may be accessed by clicking on the link below titled 'Documents'.
Submission Return Details
Submissions and comments on the draft code of practice should be submitted on the attached template and sent by email to firstname.lastname@example.org by close of business on Friday 10th February 2017.
Terms and Conditions
All submissions and comments received will be subject to the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 2014.
What we will do with your comments
Please note all submissions and comments received will be made available on the Department’s website (http://www.housing.gov.ie) unless otherwise requested. In any event, all submissions received will be subject to the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 2014. The onus is on persons making submissions and comments not to include material of a private nature in the body of their submission.
The following document was published on 6th March 2017.