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Do I need a fire exit in a shop?

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Guest KameshP


I wanted to ask you if it is a legal requirement to have a fire exit in a shop?

If it is then whose legal responsibility is it to provide a fire exit in a shop. Is it the landlords or the leaseholder?


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I assume you have a front door to enter the premises, that is a fire exit, it may not be signed but only doors not in general use need to be signed. Whether you require more than one exit will depend on the layout of your shop, the travel distances, width of exits and more.

If work is required as the result of a fire risk assessment then I would imagine it is the responsibility of the landlord but it would all depend on the contents of you lease agreement.

Check out https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/fire-safety-risk-assessment-offices-and-shops for more information.

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On 18/07/2022 at 18:02, Guest John said:

What is the law now in 2022 

Is a shop required to have a fire exit ?

If it's small and only is likely to contain less than 60 persons then the normal entrance alone may suffice. Your Fire Risk Assessment (which you are legally obliged to complete) would determine this applying the benchmarks in this document:



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8 hours ago, Guest Martin d said:

I have a shop premises about 800 sq feet do I need to provide 2 fire excites its going to be a massage shop with an max of 14 people I’m the shop at 1 time 

You must carry out a fire risk assessment and keep a written record of it - guidance here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/making-your-small-non-domestic-premises-safe-from-fire

The number of persons can be accommodated by a single exit, but travel distances and layout could affect this. You should not exceed a travel distance of 25m measured from any part of the premises to a final exit door that leads directly to a place of safety, clear of the premises

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