Annual fire safety statements

Annual Fire Safety Statements Information

Changes to the Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation commencing 1 October 2017
These changes will affect building owners responsible for issuing fire safety statements. Fact sheet is available above.

Responsibility of Building Owners
Owners of certain buildings such as commercial premises, residential flats, educational premises etc. have important obligations  in relation to building fire safety.

They include ensuring that  the Essential Fire Safety Measures that  are installed in a building are maintained in good working order and inspected  at the required intervals by suitably qualified people.

What are Essential Fire Safety Measures?
Essential Fire Safety Measures  are installations, types of equipment required for the safety of the occupants in the event of fire or other emergency.  Some examples include:

  • Automatic fire detection and alarm systems
  • Emergency lighting and exit signs
  • Fire hose reels, fire hydrants, fire blankets and portable fire extinguishers.

 

What is an Annual Fire Safety Statement?
An Annual Fire Safety Statement certifies that  each Essential Fire Safety Measure installed in the premises has been assessed by a competent fire safety practitioner and was found to be capable of performing  to the required standard.

The owner of a premise is required to provide a statement to the Council and the Fire & Rescue NSW every 12 months  and to display a copy of the current statement in a prominent position at the premises, such as in the entry foyer.

Why do these measures need to be certified yearly?
For the safety of persons who reside in, work in or visit buildings and to comply with the law.

 

What if I Don’t Submit an Annual Fire Safety Statement?
Clause 177 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment  Regulation 2000  states that  it is an offence to fail to provide the statement. Substantial  and continuing weekly penalty notices apply for this offence:

  • 1 week late $1000
  • 2 weeks late an additional $2000
  • 3 weeks late an additional $3000
  • 4 weeks late an additional $4000
  • Every week late after 4 weeks an additional $4000

These substantial  penalties reflect how important it is to provide an annual fire safety statement by the due date.

Do I need to provide Council individual contractor’s certificates?
No. The Council and the Fire & Rescue NSW only require one (1) statement listing ALL fire safety measures  on the Annual Fire Safety Statement. However it is advisable that  the owner  retains proof of every inspection or test of each fire safety measure.

What should I do now?
You are advised to employ the services of a professional fire safety consultant to arrange for the Essential Fire Safety Measures to be inspected  and to obtain  an Annual Fire Safety  Statement.

Once the Annual Fire Safety Statement is complete,  you must lodge it with:

  • Council by email, post, fax or in person and
  • Fire & Rescue NSW

For details visit www.fire.nsw.gov.au

Annual Fire Safety Statements Information

Changes to the Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation commencing 1 October 2017
These changes will affect building owners responsible for issuing fire safety statements. Fact sheet is available above.

Responsibility of Building Owners
Owners of certain buildings such as commercial premises, residential flats, educational premises etc. have important obligations  in relation to building fire safety.

They include ensuring that  the Essential Fire Safety Measures that  are installed in a building are maintained in good working order and inspected  at the required intervals by suitably qualified people.

What are Essential Fire Safety Measures?
Essential Fire Safety Measures  are installations, types of equipment required for the safety of the occupants in the event of fire or other emergency.  Some examples include:

  • Automatic fire detection and alarm systems
  • Emergency lighting and exit signs
  • Fire hose reels, fire hydrants, fire blankets and portable fire extinguishers.

 

What is an Annual Fire Safety Statement?
An Annual Fire Safety Statement certifies that  each Essential Fire Safety Measure installed in the premises has been assessed by a competent fire safety practitioner and was found to be capable of performing  to the required standard.

The owner of a premise is required to provide a statement to the Council and the Fire & Rescue NSW every 12 months  and to display a copy of the current statement in a prominent position at the premises, such as in the entry foyer.

Why do these measures need to be certified yearly?
For the safety of persons who reside in, work in or visit buildings and to comply with the law.

 

What if I Don’t Submit an Annual Fire Safety Statement?
Clause 177 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment  Regulation 2000  states that  it is an offence to fail to provide the statement. Substantial  and continuing weekly penalty notices apply for this offence:

  • 1 week late $1000
  • 2 weeks late an additional $2000
  • 3 weeks late an additional $3000
  • 4 weeks late an additional $4000
  • Every week late after 4 weeks an additional $4000

These substantial  penalties reflect how important it is to provide an annual fire safety statement by the due date.

Do I need to provide Council individual contractor’s certificates?
No. The Council and the Fire & Rescue NSW only require one (1) statement listing ALL fire safety measures  on the Annual Fire Safety Statement. However it is advisable that  the owner  retains proof of every inspection or test of each fire safety measure.

What should I do now?
You are advised to employ the services of a professional fire safety consultant to arrange for the Essential Fire Safety Measures to be inspected  and to obtain  an Annual Fire Safety  Statement.

Once the Annual Fire Safety Statement is complete,  you must lodge it with:

  • Council by email, post, fax or in person and
  • Fire & Rescue NSW

For details visit www.fire.nsw.gov.au