The NSW Smoke Alarm Legislation requires that all residential dwellings, including houses, units, and townhouses, must have at least one working smoke alarm installed on each level of the property. This legislation is governed by the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979
) and the Environmental Planning and Assessment (Development Certification and Fire Safety) Regulation 2021
The NSW Smoke Alarm Legislation specifies that smoke alarms must be installed in a location that complies with the Australian Standard AS 3786-2014, which outlines the minimum requirements for smoke alarm installation, maintenance, and testing.
Under this standard, smoke alarms should be installed:
- In each bedroom or sleeping area
- In hallways that connect bedrooms to the rest of the dwelling
- On every level of the dwelling
- Near the main living areas of the dwelling (such as the kitchen and lounge room)
- Away from air vents, ceiling fans, and windows
The NSW Smoke Alarm Legislation also requires that smoke alarms must be installed and maintained in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions, and they must be replaced at least every ten years.
Additionally, it is the responsibility of landlords to ensure that smoke alarms are installed and maintained in rental properties.
Failure to comply with smoke alarm legislation can result in fines or other civil or criminal prosecution.
It is recommended that you consult with a licensed electrician or fire safety professional to ensure that your smoke alarms are installed and maintained in accordance with the NSW Smoke Alarm Legislation and the Australian Standard AS 3786-2014.
For more information, please visit the NSW Fire and Rescue website.