Battery Energy Storage Systems

Avon Fire & Rescue Service (AF&RS) advises on best practice safety measures and risk mitigation for the use of Battery Energy Storage Systems.

Grid scale Battery Energy Storage Systems (BESS) are a fundamental part of the UK’s move toward a sustainable energy system. The installation of BESS across the UK and around the world is increasing at an exponential rate.

In the UK, approval for the majority of the BESS installations takes place through the Local Authority planning process. However, as the local fire and rescue service, Avon Fire & Rescue Service (AF&RS) may be engaged throughout the planning process, but this is not a statutory requirement.

To comply with relevant requirements and building regulations you must meet the Building Regulations: Fire Safety: Approved Document B on GOV.UK.

Further information and advice can be found in the National Fire Chiefs’ Council (NFCC) Planning Guidance Document (pdf).

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