In accordance with the Building Legislation Amendment (Smoke Alarms) Act 2005, it is compulsory for smoke alarms to be fitted in all new and existing homes. A licensed electrician can supply and fit a smoke alarm that complies with the Australian Standards.
Multi-Unit and Non-Residential Buildings
Under the provisions of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000, owners of commercial, industrial and residential buildings have a legal obligation to ensure that all fire safety measures are maintained to legislative standard.
These requirements are in place to:
Reduce the spread of a fire
Facilitate an orderly and safe evacuation of the building in case of an emergency
Protect people and property.
It is the responsibility of the building owner to ensure that:
All fire safety measures are professionally inspected and maintained
Fire Safety Statements are displayed in a clearly visible position within the building
All exit doors are in good working condition
All corridors are clear of any obstructions.
Council maintains a Fire Safety Register and penalties apply to owners of buildings who fail to provide annual Fire Safety Statements to Council when required.
Fire Safety Statements and Certificates
Before new building works begin, an owner must obtain a Construction Certificate or Complying Development Certificate and a Fire Safety Schedule.
The Fire Safety Schedule will indicate all existing and required fire safety measures to be installed in the building as required by the Building Code of Australia.
The Principal Certifying Authority must issue an Occupation Certificate before the building can be occupied. The Principal Certifying Authority must ensure that they have received an Interim or Final Fire Safety Certificate before the Occupation Certificate is issued.
An Annual or Supplementary Fire Safety Statement is required to be submitted by the owner of a building to Council on an annual basis, indicating that each essential fire safety measure has been professionally assessed and certified.
The owner must also provide a copy of the Annual or Supplementary Fire Safety Statement to the Commissioner of the NSW Fire Brigades. In addition, a copy of the Statement and a copy of the current Fire Safety Schedule must be prominently displayed in the building.
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