Part 9 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000 provides the regulatory framework for the maintenance and certification of fire safety measures within a building which are classified as a Class 1b or Class 2 to 9 under the Building Code of Australia (e.g. units, apartments, town-houses, boarding houses, places of shared accommodation, commercial and industrial buildings, public buildings).
If your building has any of the following Essential fire safety measures you will need to submit an Annual Fire Safety Statement (AFSS)
What are the essential fire safety measures for your building?
These may include:
- Fire sprinkler systems
- Fire equipment: hose reels, hydrants, extinguishers
- Smoke detection and alarm systems
- Fire & solid-core doors
- Smoke exhaust systems
- Fire drenchers
- Emergency & exit signs & lighting and paths of travel to exits
FireQuest will service all of the Fire Safety equipment on your site and give you a complete report as to its state of compliance.
We can also assist you in your AFSS submission to council and the local Fire Brigade.
Penalties for not complying with the essential fire safety measures & requirements.
Keep in mind there are penalties for not submitting the AFSS each year.
It is an offence not to to comply with these requirements by the due date, the owner may be liable to substantial penalties. More importantly, failure to meet these safety requirements may threaten the lives of the building’s occupants, and have significant liability implications for the building owner.
Council may issue a penalty infringement notice (on-the-spot fine) if the essential fire safety services are not fully maintained ($1,500) or if the annual Fire Safety Statement submission requirements are not complied with (up to $2,000). Council may also serve a fire safety notice and order requiring compliance with these fire safety requirements and/or commence legal proceedings for any breach or offence.
Please note that the Regulations do not empower Council to provide an extension of time in which to comply with these important fire safety provisions.