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(1)Where subsection (2) or (3) applies in relation to relevant premises, the enforcing authority may serve an alterations notice on the appropriate person.
(2)This subsection applies where there would be a serious risk to relevant persons in respect of harm caused by fire in the relevant premises.
(3)This subsection applies where—
(a)subsection (2) does not apply; but
(b)if any of the changes mentioned in subsection (5) were made, it is likely that subsection (2) would apply.
(4)An alterations notice is a notice requiring the appropriate person where—
(a)it is proposed that a change mentioned in subsection (5) be made to the relevant premises; and
(b)if made, the change would constitute a serious risk to relevant persons in respect of harm caused by fire in the relevant premises,
to notify the enforcing authority of the change before it is made.
(5)Those changes are—
(a)a change to the relevant premises;
(b)a change to the services, fittings or equipment on the relevant premises;
(c)an increase in the quantities of dangerous substances which are present on the relevant premises; and
(d)a change in the use to which the relevant premises are put (or, where they are put to more than one use, a use to which they are put).
(6)An enforcing authority may include in an alterations notice provision requiring the appropriate person—
(a)to keep records of such information as, by virtue of paragraph (d) of subsection (2) of section 57, is specified in regulations under subsection (1) of that section;
(b)to keep records of arrangements made, in accordance with regulations under section 58(1), for the planning, organisation, control, monitoring or review of the fire safety measures;
(c)if notifying the authority of a proposed change, to give the authority—
(i)a copy of the assessment carried out under section 53 or, as the case may be, 54; and
(ii)a summary of the changes the appropriate person proposes to make to the fire safety measures.
(7)Where an enforcing authority serves an alterations notice on an appropriate person, the authority may, by notice in writing to the appropriate person, withdraw the alterations notice.
(8)In this section, “appropriate person”, in relation to relevant premises, means a person subject to a requirement under section 53 or 54 in relation to the relevant premises.
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