Changes to Fees Charged by the Fire and Rescue Service
Friday 8 September 09:36
The service will introduce the increased fees using a phased approach over three years, starting in January 2018. See link below for a table of the fees that will or may apply to you throughout the phasing in period.
In 2016, the States Assembly passed the Medium Term Financial Plan (Addition) covering the period from this year through to the end of 2019. Within the plan, a range of new and increased ‘user pays’ charges were approved across a range of different departments and services provided by government. I am writing to you today to tell you that the Fire and Rescue Service will be increasing some of its ‘user pays’ fees in order to comply with the requirements of the government’s financial plan and move closer to cost recovery for specific services.
The ‘user pays’ principle, itself approved by the States Assembly and predating the Medium Term Financial Plan, is something which, through Treasury direction, must be considered by departments and services when budget planning. The decision to increase fees charged by the Fire and Rescue Service applies only to its Fire Safety function which provides fire engineering services, advice and reports and enforces laws relating to fire safety and petroleum storage and distribution. No new charges are included; the decision relates to existing fees. The ‘operational liability’ (the added cost associated with fire safety officers also being trained firefighters and commanders) is not included in the fee structure.
I recognise that any increase in costs to you or your business constitutes a further challenge to be accommodated however, the fees will, by comparison with similar services, remain low. For example, the cost of a fire certificate for a new or materially altered building will rise to only £4 per square metre. The triennial fee to renew a fire certificate will increase to £400 (just over £133 per annum). For new applications (including material or structural alterations), the fees applied will be those in force at the time you applied, regardless of when the certificate is issued.
Thank you for taking the time to read this important letter. Should you have any questions in relation to these changes you can write to Group Commander Martyn Maguire here at Fire and Rescue Headquarters or email S.Admin@gov.je
Paul Brown Deputy Chief Fire Officer