Essential Fire Safety Measures

Protecting life and preventing injury in buildings in the event of fire is vital.

It is a statutory obligation upon the owner of a building to cause the Council to be given an Annual Fire Safety Statements (AFSS).

An AFSS needs be supplied for the building within 12 months after the date on which the previous AFSS was given.

Council may issue a Penalty Infringement Notice (PIN) if the AFSS is not submitted by the due date (see below).

View the NSW Govt information on fire safety certification: NSW Govt DPE website fire safety.

 

Note

Council has changed the way AFSS are managed as part of Council's move to online submissions.

From 1 January 2022, you must lodge your AFSS and relevant documents using our online form below.

Council will no longer accept payment or AFSS submitted via email, post or in person from 14 March 2022

 

Due Date for your AFSS

Need to know the due date for your Fire Safety information?

Consult this register (in PDF or Excel) to find our listed due-date for your property.

AFSS due date report (192KB)

AFSS due date report (280KB)

 

• search the PDF or Excel using your street name

• there may be multiple entries for the same address.

 

 

AFSS Depends on your Building Type

(Class 1a buildings)

There is NO requirement to submit fire safety information for single dwelling houses classified Class 1a under the Building Code of Australia. 

Buildings that are class 1a developments are typically - single dwelling houses, terraces, or villa houses.  

Ask Council or a Building Surveyor if you are unsure whether this classification applies to you.

For all other buildings refer to this information below. 

 

(Class 2 to 9 buildings)

Council has changed the way AFSS are managed as part of Council’s move to online (only) submissions.

From 1 January 2022, you must lodge your AFSS and relevant documents using our online form:

Online Form: AFSS

 

Council no longer accepts payment or AFSS submitted via email, post or in person (from Monday 14 March 2022).  

Payment will be required as per our current fees and charges.

 

For statements to be issued on or after 1 March 2021, please use this statement template:

Template - Annual Fire Safety Statement (ver 3.1, DOCX, 242 KB)

And here is an example of how a fire schedule should be prepared for lodgement:

Annual Fire Safety schedule (365KB) (example only)

 

Issued under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000, Part 9 - Fire Safety and Matters Concerning the Building Code of Australia, Division 5 - Fire Safety Statements. The owner of a building, or the owner's agent, needs to provide to the Council a completed fire safety statement, inclusive of the fire safety schedule each year where an essential fire safety measure applies. A copy of this statement also needs to be given to the Fire Commissioner and displayed in the building in a prominent position.

 

 

Fire Safety Certificate

(Class 2 to 9 buildings - new development)

A fire safety certificate is an interim document issued by or on behalf of the building owner(s) upon the completion of new building work.

The certificate confirms that each of the fire safety measures that apply to a new building (listed in its fire safety schedule) have been installed and checked by a properly qualified person. This process helps verify that the required fire safety measures can perform to a minimum standard.

A fire safety certificate must be issued using this standard template form published by the NSW government:

Template - Fire Safety Certificate (165 KB, DOCX)

 

Issued under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000, Part 9 - Fire Safety and Matters Concerning the Building Code of Australia, Division 4 - Fire Safety Certificates. The owner of a building, or the owner's agent, along with an application for an Occupation Certificate, needs to provide to the certifying authority (a Council or a Private Certifier) a fire safety certificate. A copy of this certificate also needs to be given to the Fire Commissioner and displayed in the building in a prominent position. 

 

 

Building Owner Responsibilities

Essential Fire Safety Measures

An Essential Fire Safety Measure is an item that protects life, prevents injury and damage to a building in the event of a fire.

Under the EP&A Regulation 2000, a number of items are classified as Essential Fire Safety Measures, such as: smoke detectors, sprinklers, emergency lights, exit signs, fire hose reels, fire doors, etc.

 

AFSS

An AFSS is a statement issued by or on behalf of the owner of a building that:

  • each Essential Fire Safety Measure specified has been assessed by a properly qualified person and performs to the original standard; and
  • the building has been inspected by a properly qualified person and all Fire Safety Notices (applicable to fire isolated stairway, passage or ramp) are displayed, all fire exits, doors relating to fire exits, and paths of travel to fire exits, are not obstructed or impeded.

 

Buildings and what Measures are Installed

What needs to be installed depends on the Building Code of Australia classification of the building (1a- or 2-9). The certifying authority (a Council or a Private Certifier) will attach a schedule to your consent detailing the measures required. You may also be required to install additional safety measures, such as the installation of bollards on the pavement outside your building to prevent exits being obstructed by parked vehicles, or regular fire evacuation procedures to be carried out, as they relate to childcare centres, nursing homes, and high-rise office buildings.

 

Issue of AFSS

  • The required assessment and inspection must have been carried out within the period of 3 months prior to the date on which the AFSS is issued (signed).
  • The choice of person to carry out an assessment or inspection is up to the owner of the building.
  • The person who carries out an Assessment must inspect and verify the performance of each Essential Fire Safety Measure being assessed.
  • Each year, the owner of a building is to ensure that the Council is given an AFSS within 12 months after the date on which the previous AFSS was given, (anniversary) or if a Fire Safety Certificate (New Building) has been issued within the previous 12 months, within 12 months after the Fire Safety Certificate was issued (signed).
  • As soon as practicable after an AFSS is issued, the owner of the building must give a copy to the Fire Commissioner and prominently display it in the building, eg. noticeboard in foyer or adjacent to the fire indicator panel.
  • Procedures should be put in place by the owner of the building well before the due date of the statement in order to arrange the necessary inspections and repairs (if required) to enable the statement being submitted to Council by the due date.

 

Does each Essential Fire Safety Measure need a Certificate?

NO - however, it is advisable that the owner retains proof of every inspection or test of each fire safety measure.

The owner of a building, or the owner's agent, needs to provide to the Council a completed fire safety statement, inclusive of the fire safety schedule each year where an essential fire safety measure applies. A copy of the statement also needs to be given to the Fire Commissioner, and also displayed in the building in a prominent position.

 

AFSS due date

The building owner needs to submit an AFSS by its due date (see report above for your due date). If not, then the outcomes vary from fines to prosecution. Furthermore, Council can issue Penalty Infringement Notices (PIN) for numerous fire safety offences, to owners/Corporations, and the amounts vary, a few examples are:

  • Owner fails to give AFSS within 1 week $1000.
  • Owner fails to give AFSS within 2 weeks $2000.
  • Owner fails to give AFSS within 3 weeks $3000.
  • Owner fails to give AFSS within 4 weeks or more $4000.

 

More Information 

For any information on fire safety measures, please contact a Building Surveyor; or the Council Fire Safety Officer on 9936 8100 Monday to Friday, 9.30am - 11am.