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Fire Safety - New Building Requirements


​Before new building work is constructed the Principal Certifying Authority will issue a construction certificate with a Fire Safety Schedule attached.

The Fire Safety Schedule will indicate all existing and proposed 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 (or part) can be occupied. The Principal Certifying Authority must ensure that they have received a Final Fire Safety Certificate.

The Final Fire Safety Certificate is used to ensure that a qualified person has properly installed the fire safety measures. The Final Fire Safety Certificate should be noted upon the Occupation Certificate as a part of the information that was used to determine that the Occupation Certificate can be issued.

A Final Fire Safety Certificate is issued by or on behalf of the owner of a building indicating each essential fire safety measure specified by the fire safety schedule for the building has been assessed by a properly qualified person. It should also indicate that the measure was found, when it was assessed, to be capable of performing to at least the standard required by the current Fire Safety Schedule.

The owner of the new building must also as soon as practicable provide a copy of the Final Fire Safety Certificate to the Commissioner of the NSW Fire Brigades and cause a further copy of the certificate, together with a copy of the current Fire Safety Schedule to be prominently displayed in the building.

Within 12 months after the Final Fire Safety Certificate is issued the owner of the new building must cause an Annual Fire Safety Statement to be given to the Council and the Fire Commissioner and be prominently displayed in building.

View the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 NSW legislation.