How much have the fines for violating fire safety increased?

New amendments to the Code of Administrative Offenses (CAO RF), which came into force on June 8, will significantly increase administrative fines for violation of fire safety rules and requirements. 

On average, fines for citizens have increased tenfold, and for officials, individual entrepreneurs and legal entities —  So, in the previous version of the law for burning dry grass the maximum punishment for citizens (provided by Article 20.4 of the Code of Administrative Offenses) was three thousand rubles. Under the new federal law this amount was already  15 thousand rubles. When such an offense was committed under a special fire regime, the maximum fines for citizens increased from 4 to 20 thousand rubles, for officials from 30 to 60 thousand rubles, and for legal entities from 400 to 800 thousand rubles. The corresponding federal law was published on the legal information portal on May 28, 2022. 

Read in the AiF.ru article which articles of the Code of Administrative Offenses of the Russian Federation have been amended. 

How have the fines for violation of fire safety requirements changed? 

Fines for violation of fire safety requirements in populated areas, buildings and structures (private and apartment buildings, schools, businesses, etc.) .). We are talking, for example, about burning dry grass in suburban areas, faulty public warning systems, as well as the lack of mineralized fire-prevention lanes around settlements. 

Part 1 of article 20.4. Code of Administrative Offenses of the Russian Federation “Violation of fire safety requirements” (This article provides punishment for violating fire safety requirements everywhere, except for forests and vehicles.)

Fine until June 8 

New penalties from June 8 

A warning or a fine is provided:

To civilians (GL) — from two to three thousand rubles.

For officials (DL) — from six to 15 thousand rubles.

For individual entrepreneurs (IP) — from 20 to 30 thousand rubles.

Legal entities (LE) — from 150 to 200 thousand rubles.

A warning or a fine is provided:

GL — from five to 15 thousand rubles.

DL — from 20 to 30 thousand rubles.

IP — from 40 to 60 thousand rubles.

YuL — from 300 to 400 thousand rubles.

How much did fines increase under the special fire regime?

In  in the event of an increase fire danger (in accordance with Article 30 of the Federal Law of December 21, 1994 No. 69-FZ “On Fire Safety”) authorities impose a special fire-fighting regime on the territory of subjects. During this period, regions introduce additional requirements for fire safety compliance. For example, a ban on  dry grass in populated areas or industrial lands. Also carried out monitoring the timely removal of garbage, checking the workability of sources of water and access roads for fire engines, plowing territories adjacent to the forest etc. From June 8 for failure to comply with fire safety requirements in conditions special fire regime introduced a new fine. 

Part 2 of Article 20.4 of the Code of Administrative Offenses of the Russian Federation “Violations of fire safety requirements committed under a special fire regime.”

Penalties until June 8th 

New penalties

GL — from two to four thousand rubles.

DL — from 15 to 30 thousand rubles.

IP — from 30 to 40 thousand rubles.

LE — from 200 to 400 thousand rubles.

GL — from 10 to 20 thousand rubles.

DL — from 30 to 60 thousand rubles.

IP — 60 to 80 thousand rubles.

YuL — from 400 to 800 thousand rubles.

What threatens for repeated violation of fire safety requirements in schools, hospitals and boarding schools? 

According to the new amendments to the Code of Administrative Offenses of the Russian Federation, for repeated violation of fire safety requirements the administrative responsibility for the maintenance of facilities  ;extreme risk (kindergartens, boarding schools, nursing homes and other facilities where people with disabilities stay), high risk (schools, hospitals, large shopping centers) and significant risk (multi-apartment buildings over 75 meters high ).

Part 2.1 of Article 20.4 of the Code of Administrative Offenses of the Russian Federation “Repeated commission of an administrative offense under Part 1 of this Article, if it is committed at a protected facility classified as an extremely high, high or significant risk, and is expressed in the failure to ensure the operability or serviceability of fire water supply sources, electrical installations, electrical equipment, automatic or autonomous fire extinguishing installations, fire alarm systems, technical means of warning and managing the evacuation of people in case of fire or smoke protection systems, or in case of non-compliance of escape routes and evacuation exits with fire safety requirements.

Penalties until June 8th 

New penalties

GL — from three to four thousand rubles.

DL — from 15 to 20 thousand rubles.

IP — from 30 to 40 thousand rubles or administrative suspension of activities (ADD) up to 30 days.

Legal entity — from 200 to 400 thousand rubles or ADF up to 30 days.

GL — from 12 to 20 thousand rubles.

DL — from 30 to 60 thousand rubles.

IP — 60 to 80 thousand rubles or APD up to 30 days.

Legal — from 400 to 800 thousand rubles up to 30 days.

What is the penalty for damaging someone else's property or causing harm to human health? 

If, due to violations of fire safety requirements, a fire started and someone else's property was damaged or a person suffered minor or moderate bodily harm, the person responsible for the fire will pay an increased fine. For example, a resident burned dry grass on his plot, and as a result, a neighbor's barn caught fire. Or, due to injuries in a fire, a person temporarily lost his ability to work. 

Part 6 of Article 20.4 of the Code of Administrative Offenses of the Russian Federation “Violation of fire safety requirements that caused a fire and the destruction or damage to someone else's property or causing slight or moderate harm to human health.

Penalties

New Penalties

GL — from four to five thousand rubles.

DL — from 40 to 50 thousand rubles.

IP — from 50 to 60 thousand rubles or APD up to 30 days.

LE — from 350 to 400 thousand rubles or APD up to 30 days.

GL — from 40 to 50 thousand rubles.

DL — from 80 to 100 thousand rubles.

IP — 90 to 110 thousand rubles or APD up to 30 days. 

YL — from 700 to 800 thousand rubles or APD up to 30 days.

What threatening for causing grievous bodily harm? 

The penalty for  the perpetrators of fires and for more serious consequences. We are talking about the death of a person or causing serious harm to his health (life-threatening injuries). For example, if an employee during fire hazardous work ( welding) did not follow the fire safety technique and people were injured as a result of the fire. 

Part 6.1 of Article 20.4 of the Code of Administrative Offenses of the Russian Federation “Violation of fire safety requirements that caused a fire and serious harm to human health or death human».

Fine until June 8

New penalties

YL — from 600 thousand to one million rubles or ADF for up to 90 days.

YuL — from one to two million rubles or APD up to 90 days.

How have the fines for setting fire to the forest changed? 

The amount of fines provided for by Part 1 of Article 8.32 of the Code of Administrative Offenses of the Russian Federation “Violation of fire safety rules in forests” has changed.  We are talking about any actions of a person in the forest (leaving a cigarette butt, a burning match, not extinguishing the fire, etc.), which led to fire. 

June 8 fines

New penalties

Warning or penalty provided:

GL — from 1500 to three thousand rubles.

DL — from 10 thousand to 20 thousand rubles.

YL — from 50 to 200 thousand rubles

There is a warning or a fine:

GL — from 15 thousand to 30 thousand rubles.

DL — from 30 thousand to 50 thousand rubles.

YuL — from 100 thousand to 400 thousand rubles.

How have the fines for lighting a fire near a forest changed?

New fines have been introduced and for  lighting fire near a forest area, which is not protected by a mineralized strip.

Part 2 of Article  8.32 of the Code of Administrative Offenses of the Russian Federation «Burning brushwood, forest litter, dry grass and other forest combustible materials in violation of the requirements of fire safety rules on land directly adjacent to forests, protective and forest plantations and not separated by a fire-resistant mineralized strip not wide less than 0.5 meters».

Fine until June 8

New penalties

GL — from three to four thousand rubles.

DL — from 15 to 25 thousand rubles.

YuL — from 150 to 250 thousand rubles.

GL — from 30 to 40 thousand rubles.

DL — from 40 to 60 thousand rubles.

YuL — from 300 to 500 thousand rubles.

What threatens for violating fire safety rules in a forest park zone? 

For violation of fire safety rules in the forest park zone (or forest green belt) the also increased fines. it is a green ring adjacent to the city. It includes not only forests, but also green spaces within the city line (parks, squares), which are located near the forest fund. In such zones capital construction and other economic activities are prohibited. 

Part 2.1 of Article 8.32 of the Code of Administrative Offenses of the Russian Federation""Actions provided for by parts 1, 2 of this article, committed in the forest park green belt". 

Fine until June 8

New Penalties

GL — from four to five thousand rubles.

DL — from 25 to 40 thousand rubles.

LE — from 250 to 500 thousand rubles.

GL &mdash ; from 40 to 50 thousand rubles

DL — from 50 to 80 thousand rubles.

LE — from 500 thousand to one million rubles.

What are the fines for setting fire to a forest in an emergency and a fire regime? 

According to the order of the Ministry of Natural Resources, due deterioration weather conditions (prolonged drought), as well as the occurrence of emergencies due to forest fires IV or V classes fire danger are introduced. They  provide complete ban on visiting forests. New amendments to the Administrative Code of the Russian Federation have increased the responsibility of citizens for violating legislation.

Part 3 of Article 8.32 of the Code of Administrative Offenses “Violation of fire safety rules in forests under a special fire regime, an emergency regime in forests resulting from forest fires.”

Fine until June 8

New Penalties

GL — from four to five thousand rubles.

DL — from 20 to 40 thousand rubles.

YuL — from 300 to 500 thousand rubles.

GL — from 40 to 50 thousand rubles.

DL — from 60 to 90 thousand rubles.

LE — from 600 thousand rubles to one million.

What threatens the culprit of the fire?   

If       the damage as a result of the fire the damage to the forest does exceed 10 thousand rubles (if the damage is higher, then this is criminal responsibility)  and no one was hurt , then from June 8 the culprit of the fire will pay 60 thousand instead of five.

Part 4 of Article 8.32 “Violation of fire safety rules that caused a forest fire without causing serious harm to human health, if these actions (inaction) do not contain signs of a criminally punishable act.”

Fine until June 8

New penalties

GL — five thousand rubles.

DL — 50 thousand rubles.

YuL — from 500 thousand rubles to one million.

GL — from 50 to 60 thousand rubles.

DL — from 100 to 110 thousand rubles.

LE — from one to two million rubles.

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