Issue details

17/00122 - Update to the KCC Sprinkler Policy

To consider and agree updates to the Use of Sprinkler Systems Policy, to ensure that all the Council’s existing and future building portfolio meets legislative requirements and best practice standards in relation to the use of sprinkler systems.


The objective is to ensure that current buildings are safe and, where the Council is constructing new buildings, that a unified risk-based approach is undertaken to determine the need for the installation of a sprinkler system.



Decision type: Key

Reason Key: Affects more than two Electoral Divisions;

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Division affected: (All Division);

Notice of proposed decision first published: 08/12/2017

Decision due: Not before 8th Jan 2018 by Cabinet Member for Corporate and Democratic Services
Reason: in order that the proposed decision can be publishd for a minimum of 28 days, in accordance with statutory requirements

Lead member: Cabinet Member for Corporate and Democratic Services

Lead director: Rebecca Spore

Department: Strategic & Corporate Services

Contact: Karen Ripley, Special Projects Manager Email:, Anthony Carty Email:


The matter was considered by the Policy and Resources Cabinet Committee at its meeting on 5 December 2017.  The Cabinet Committee endorsed the proposed decision to update the Sprinkler Policy and to receive a further report, taking account of the recommendations of the Hackitt review, no later than 16 March 2018.




Financial implications: The installation of sprinkler systems does add an additional cost as well as ongoing maintenance liabilities. However, where these are assessed as a necessity as part of the overall fire safety strategy for the building and to comply with legislation, the cost of sprinklers should be budgeted for and an appropriate maintenance regime put in place.

Legal implications: The sprinkler policy meets all legislative requirements and forms part of the Authorities Fire Safety Management Systems and procedures.

Equalities implications: none


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