UK: Domestic smoke and carbon monoxide alarms: proposals to extend regulations

Carbon Monoxide kills! As professionals we must remove or limit the risk within the residential sectors, both public and private. 

Community Housing Fund – Beresford and Barnes

Scope of the consultation

This consultation seeks views on:

a) Amending the Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015 to require social landlords to ensure at least one smoke alarm is installed on each storey of the premises on which there is a room used wholly or partly as living accommodation.

b) Amending the statutory guidance (Approved Document J) supporting Part J of the Building Regulations to require that carbon monoxide alarms are fitted alongside the installation of fixed combustion appliances of any fuel type (excluding gas cookers).

c) Amending the Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015 to require private and social landlords to install a carbon monoxide alarm in any room used as living accommodation where a fixed combustion appliance is used (excluding gas cookers).

Scope of this consultation: This consultation follows on from the government’s social housing green paper that was published in August 2018, the social housing white paper that was published in November 2020 and the government review of carbon monoxide alarm requirements that concluded in January 2019.

Geographical scope: These proposals relate to England only.

Impact assessment: Annex B sets out the expected impacts (costs and benefits) of proposals in this consultation. Where the proposals taken forward require legislative changes, further assessments will need to be made, and these will need to reflect the outcome of the consultation and responses.

Duration: This consultation will last for 8 weeks from 17 November 2020 to 11 January 2021.

Enquiries: For any enquiries about the consultation please contact

How to respond: We encourage you to respond by completing the online survey.

Alternatively, you can email your responses to the question in this consultation to

If you are responding in writing, please make it clear which questions you are responding to.

Written responses should be sent to:

Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Consultation
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
3rd Floor, Fry Building
2 Marsham Street

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