Sleeping above or in business premises


  • The business fire safety team are here to offer support and advice to any business in the County Durham and Darlington area.

  • We work with businesses to make sure the place you work in are as safe as possible and for the people that work with you. 

  • one of the main issues that we come across when inspecting business premise is people sleeping in or above the business premise. 

  • This in its self if not necessarily wrong, however the safety measure are not normally in place for this to happen.

  • Takeaways, Public houses, shops and offices are all types of premise where this may happen.

  • Although we work with business premise we occasionally may need to use enforcement.

  • Prohibition Notices can be issued which make it Illegal for people to sleep within a building until the correct safety precautions are put in place. 

  • If you do have a premise in which you sleep and are not sure of the regulations and rules that may apply to you please feel free to contact the business fire safety team at fire service headquarters where we will be happy to offer advice and support.