On the 7 April the Domestic Fire Safety (Wales) Measure 2011 became law.
The legislation requires the installation of a fire suppression system (sprinkler system to you and I) in all new or converted residential properties. Landlords will be required to ensure that the system is operating effectively prior to the start of the tenancy.
With any new or converted build when applying for building consent this legislation will also need to be complied with. This means that along with the standard drawings for the build there must be paperwork about the fire suppression system. If these details are incomplete or insufficient this will delay the building works altogether.
Failure to comply with the legislation will result in a maximum fine of £5,000 and will be enforced by the local council.