Wayfinding Signage Surveys

Wayfinding Signage Requirements

Law Change: Fire Safety (England) Regulations 2022

Wayfinding fire floor signs

From January 23, 2023, it will be a legal requirement under the new Fire Safety (England) Regulations 2022 for all high-rise residential buildings in England to have Wayfinding Signage installed.

This includes includes clear markings to identify the floor and individual flat numbers.

Why the change?

The Grenfell Tower Inquiry Phase 1 report highlighted that within the building, the stairwell landings were not clearly marked with floor numbers making it difficult for fire-fighters to determine which floor they were on while carrying out their duties.

In response, the Inquiry put forward Recommendation 33.27, stating that in all high-rise buildings “floor numbers be clearly marked on each landing within the stairways and in a prominent place in all lobbies in such a way as to be visible both in normal conditions and in low lighting or smoky conditions".

Further details on the legislation change can be found here: Fact sheet: Wayfinding signage (regulation 8)

Bespoke guidance for your buildings

MBHS have a track record of providing Wayfinding Signage Surveys for local authorities and are well placed to identify any compliance gaps within the properties that you are responsible for.

Upon completion of the survey, our experts will prepare a detailed report and make specific recommendations as to what signage is required and it's correct placement.

This bespoke guidance ensures that you can confidently comply with the legislation once the recommendations have been implemented.

The Wayfinding Signage report will include the following information:

  • A general overview of the building, including its construction and purpose.
  • A detailed description of the building's layout, including its floors, residential units, elevators, staircases, lobbies, plant rooms, exits, and any other relevant details.
  • Floor plans of the relevant areas for each floor with accompanying photographs if required.
  • Signage requirements detailing the quantity, location, and specification of the required signs.

If you are looking to ensure you meet the new Fire Safety Regulations, get in touch today for more information and start taking the right steps towards compliance.