A determination under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 is a dispute between the enforcing authority and the responsible person that has been resolved by the secretary of state.  This usually occurs when the responsible person feels the enforcing authority is being unreasonable in its approach to fixing a non-compliance issue.

    There have been several determinations since the introduction of the Fire Safety Order, some of which have fallen on the side of the enforcing authority, and some of which have agreed with the responsible person.

    The first determination, published on 5th December 2008, was a disagreement between the responsible person of a Grade 1 listed hotel and the enforcing authority over the issue of fire resisting doors.
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    On 13th August 2009, the second determination was published, this one in relation to the suitability of heat detection in a hotel bedroom.
     [Click here to read determination summary]

    On 19th July 2011, a determination was passed in relation to the use of self-closing devices on bedroom doors in a nursing home. 
     [Click here to read determination summary]

    On 9th May 2012, a determination was published on the suitability and sufficiency of a fire risk assessment in a hotel in respect of the adequacy of the existing bedroom fire doors.
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