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Engineers and consultants

Engineers and consultants are engaged by a development proponent to provide expert advice in relation to proposed development, which may include architects, BCA consultants, building surveyors, consent/regulatory authorities, dangerous goods specialists, fire protection installers, fire safety engineers, hydraulic engineers, other engineers, risk analysts etc. Any engineer or consultant may request FRNSW consultation or assessment in respect to the advice being given on behalf of the development proponent.

Note: FRNSW consultation advice does not negate any requirement for future formal assessment by FRNSW, or any determination required by any authority having jurisdiction.

Fire engineering brief consultation
A fire safety engineer who is engaged to develop a performance solution for proposed development is advised to engage FRNSW as a key stakeholder in the fire engineering brief (FEB) process. FRNSW will provide advice during the FEB process. If FRNSW advice is incorporated into the final detailed design and fire engineering report, it may result in FRNSW not providing an initial fire safety report, thus saving the development proponent time and money.

Fire safety exemption
A person eligible to make a development application may lodge an objection with FRNSW that compliance with any specified Category 3 fire safety provision is unreasonable or unnecessary for the proposed building works. The grounds for objection must substantiate why the provision is considered unreasonable or unnecessary, and cannot be made in respect to objecting to a fire safety upgrade Order issued by a consent authority.

FRNSW written report
Any applicant may request FRNSW to provide a written report in respect to any other aspect of proposed works, which may include being a condition by the Building Professionals Board (BPB), a condition of a consent authority (e.g. State significant development, State significant infrastructure, or Crown building work), a fire safety study, an environmental impact study or other voluntary request for consultation.

FRNSW meeting
Any applicant, whether the owner or a consultant engaged by the owner, may request a meeting with FRNSW on any fire safety matter outside of any formal assessment or consultation, subject to the discretion of FRNSW.