More stringent administrative liability for fire safety violations.


Legal Update No. 258.

Goltsblat BLP advises that Federal Law of 3 June 2011 No. 120-FZ amends the Code of the Russian Federation on Administrative Offences by introducing more stringent liability for violation of fire safety rules.

The statute of limitations for imposing liability for an administrative offence relating to fire safety has been increased from two months to a year from the time the offence is committed.

While multiplying many times over the fines for violating fire safety rules, the Code has differentiated clearly between these offences themselves:

  • for failing to fulfil a lawful instruction issued by a state fire authority on time, legal entities incur a fine of from 70 to 80 thousand roubles the first time and, subsequently, a fine of from 150 to 200 thousand roubles;
  • new offences have been specified, in particular:
    • violation of the requirements to provide buildings, structures and edifices with primary fire-extinguishing equipment,
    • violation of the fire safety rules relating to emergency and fire exits, automatic fire-extinguishing or fire alarm systems, fire public address systems and systems for managing evacuation, and smoke protection systems in buildings, structures and edifices;
    • violation of the fire safety rules relating to providing passage for pedestrian and vehicle traffic through, to and from buildings, structures and edifices;
  • the usual fine imposed on a legal entity for violating the fire safety rules is from 150 to 200 thousand roubles.

Administrative suspension of activities may now only be imposed for certain repeat violations in the fire safety sphere. 

The changes came into effect on 17 June 2011.

For additional information, please contact:

Vitaly Mozharowski
Partner, Real Estate and Construction, Goltsblat BLP
T: +7 (495) 287 44 44,

Yuri Chernobrivtsev
Partner, Real Estate and Construction,
Goltsblat BLP
T: +7 (495) 287 44 44,

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