Requirement to conduct trial evacuations and deliver training programs is suspended under the current Covid-19 Alert Level.

You are currently not required to carry out trial evacuations or deliver training programmes to maintain your approved evacuation scheme. For more information and to learn when you need to restart these read here.

Once physical distancing requirements are removed then building owners should resume their normal requirements for maintaining their evacuation scheme. For those building owners where the six monthly maintenance requirement falls within a period at which physical distancing requirements are in force, the corrected date to resume evacuation scheme maintenance activities is calculated by adding the number of days since August 18 to the original due date.

If you have any questions, please contact the Fire Information Unit on 0800 347 346 or email us at

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To apply to have an evacuation scheme approved online, you need to have a RealMe login. This allows you to use the same credentials to access various government online services.

Find out more about RealMe, Login with your existing RealMe account if you have one, or Register with RealMe now.

Evacuation regulations have changed

New regulations came into force on 1 July 2018

If you are submitting a new application, please refer to the Quick Reference Guides section of this page.
If you had an application that was previously not approved, the new application will have to meet the requirements in the new regulations.
If you have a scheme that is already approved, it will be carried over and considered as being approved under the new regulations.
If your evacuation scheme was approved before 1 July 2018, it is important to note that the reporting of trial evacuations and training programmes have changed. You no longer have to give us 10 days notice of a trial evacuation and there are additional questions to answer when reporting the results of trial evacuations; please check the link ‘Maintain your approved evacuation scheme’ in the Quick Reference Guides for more information.
Remember, we are here to help; if you require assistance please contact us on 0800 347 346 or email