Inspections to obtain your Fire Safety Certificates, as required by Council for DA approval and occupancy certificates
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Under the provisions of the NSW Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000 (EP & A Reg), owners of buildings have a legal obligation to supply the Commissioner of the NSW Fire Brigades with a copy of any Fire Safety Certificate and Fire Safety Statement listing the fire safety measures applicable to their building.
A Fire Safety Certificate is a certificate that is submitted by the building owner, which certifies that each of the specified essential fire safety measures listed in the Fire Safety Schedule have been installed in the building or on the land and that those measures are capable of operating to the performance standard listed in the Fire Safety Schedule.
A Fire Safety Schedule can be issued with the Construction Certificate. The Fire Safety Schedule lists the essential fire safety measures that are to be installed in the building or on the land and the Australian and/or other Standards to which they must be installed.
Every twelve months after the Fire Safety Certificate is issued, an Annual Fire Safety Statement
must be prepared and forwarded to Council. The Annual Fire Safety Statement must certify that a properly qualified person has inspected the building, assessed the fire safety measures, and found that the measure is capable of performing to the relevant standard. A copy of the statement or certificate must also be prominently displayed in the building.
Clause 177 of the NSW Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000 states that it is an offence to fail to provide the statement. Escalating cumulative weekly penalty notices apply for this offence:
1 week late $500
2 weeks late an additional $1000
3 weeks late an additional $1500
4 weeks late an additional $2000 (as at 2009)
Failure to submit an Annual Fire Safety Statement could also lead to civil or criminal proceedings in the Land and Environment Court. The maximum penalty for breach is $110,000
But more importantly, a failure to meet these requirements can significantly affect the levels of fire safety afforded to the occupants of the building, which may threaten their life, as well as having significant liability implications for the building owner