Protecting life and preventing injury in buildings in the event of fire is vital.
View the NSW Govt essential information to this process: www.planning.nsw.gov.au/Policy-and-Legislation/Buildings/Fire-safety-in-buildings/Fire-safety-certification
Annual Fire Safety Register
Annual Fire Safety Register (165 KB, DOCX)
Fire Safety Certificate
Class 2 to 9 developments - New Buildings
A fire safety certificate is a 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 building (as listed in the 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 the minimum standard.
A fire safety certificate must be issued using this standard template form published by the NSW government:
Fire Safety Certificate - template form (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.
Fire Safety Statement
Annual Fire Safety Statement (AFSS)
To lodge your AFSS, please use the above link to our online form to submit your statement, schedule and copy of reminder notice issued by Council.
Payment will be required as per our current fees and charges.
For statements to be issued on or after 1 March 2021, use Version 3.1 of this template form:
Template form (Vers 3.1) - Fire safety statement (DOCX, 242 KB)
Here is an example of how a fire schedule should be prepared for lodgement:
Fire Safety Schedule (365KB) - FSS, 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.
It is a statutory obligation upon the owner of a building to cause the Council to be given a AFSS for the building within 12 months after the date on which the previous AFSS was given. Council may issue you with a Penalty Infringement Notice (PIN) if you do not submit the AFSS by the due date. See responsibilities below.
Building Owner Responsibilities
Frequently asked questions are below..
What are 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.
How do I know what needs to be installed in my building?
This depends on the Building Code of Australia classification of the building. 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.
What is an Annual Fire Safety Statement (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.
Issue of Annual Fire Safety Statements (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, e.g. 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.
Do I need to submit to Council a Certificate for each Essential Fire Safety Measure?
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.
What will happen if the building owner does not submit an AFSS by the due date?
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 Annual Fire Safety Statement within 1 week $1000.
- Owner fails to give Annual Fire Safety Statement within 2 weeks $2000.
- Owner fails to give Annual Fire Safety Statement within 3 weeks $3000.
- Owner fails to give Annual Fire Safety Statement within 4 weeks or more $4000.
Buildings - class 1a developments
Typically, Class 1a means - single dwelling houses, terraces or villa houses.
There is no requirement to submit an AFSS for single dwelling houses classified 1a under the Building Code of Australia.
Ask one of Council’s Building Surveyors if you are not sure whether this classification applies to you.
For any further information on Fire Safety Measures, please contact Building Surveyors; or the Council Fire Safety Officer on 9936 8100 Monday to Friday, 9.30am - 11am.