In the interest of our community’s safety, our diligent Building Services Team require all buildings classed 2-9 in the area are certified as ‘Fire Safe’, meaning they have essential fire safety measures installed or constructed.
Essential fire safety measures, the responsibility of the owners of the buildings, are any installations or type of construction that have been incorporated into the building to ensure the safety of the occupants within the building in the event of fire or other emergencies, and may include measures such as:
- Automatic fire detection and alarm systems
- Automatic fire suppression systems (e.g. sprinkler systems)
- Emergency lighting
- Exit signs
- Fire doors
- Fire extinguishers
- Fire hose reels
- Fire hydrants
- Smoke exhaust systems
The Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000 contains a list of statutory fire safety measures that may be installed in a building. There may be some other measures, equipment or forms of construction that are not listed, which can be included for the purpose of ensuring the safety of persons in a building in the event of a fire.
Obtain a Fire Safety Schedule and Fire Safety Certificate
A Fire Safety Schedule lists the essential fire safety measures that are to be installed in the building / on the land and the Australian and/or other Standards to which they must be installed.
A Fire Safety Certificate confirms that each of the specified essential fire safety measures listed in the Fire Safety Schedule have been installed in the building / on the land and that those measures are capable of operating to the performance standard listed in the Fire Safety Schedule.
A Fire Safety Schedule and Fire Safety Certificate are issued with the building’s Construction Certificate; this is, prior to occupation of the building.
If your building does not have a fire safety schedule, Council will inspect your building and issue a Fire Safety Schedule for a free.
Find a qualified Building and Fire Safety Consultant
To arrange for the essential fire safety measures to be inspected and to obtain all the certification required, building owners should employ a qualified Building and Fire Safety consultant who is fully versed in all the Building Code of Australia requirements. Our Building Services Team offers this service.
For residential flat buildings or other strata buildings, the Owners’ Corporation should make prior arrangements, including the allocation of funds, for a Building and Fire Safety consultant to inspect the premises and to provide the required certification.
Submit an Annual Fire Safety Statement
Every year the owner of a building must submit to Council and the Fire and Rescue NSW an Annual Fire Safety Statement. An Annual Fire Safety Statement certifies that each of the measures listed in the most recent Fire Safety Schedule are still installed in the building / on the land, and they remain capable of operating to the Standard listed in the Schedule.
Under the requirements of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000, the owner of the building must ensure that each of the measures have been assessed by properly qualified person, and then forward a copy of the Annual Fire Safety Statement or Fire Safety Certificate to Council and Fire and Rescue NSW. A copy of the statement or certificate must also be prominently displayed in the building.
A Fire Safety Statement must be obtained on an annual basis, from the date on which the initial Fire Safety Certificate (formerly known as a Form 6 or Form 15 Certificate) was obtained and submitted to Council in response to a Building Approval, Construction Certificate, Complying Development Certificate, fire safety order or Development Consent.
Council will check submitted Statements to ensure the document correctly verifies that the installed measures will promote the fire safety of the building and its occupants. This service incurs a small administration fee.
Submit your Annual Fire Safety Statement on time
Non-compliance with these requirements is an offence under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 and Council may either pursue a penalty through the Court system, or issue a penalty infringement notice. Council may also serve a fire safety order requiring compliance with these fire safety requirements.
More importantly, non-compliance with these requirements may endanger the lives of building occupants, which building owners may be held liable for.