Initial fire safety report
The certifying authority is required to request an initial fire safety report (IFSR) from Fire & Rescue NSW (FRNSW) and consider any conditions prior to issuing a construction certificate (CC) for building works that include an alternative solution.
When the certifying authority receives an application for CC, where the building works involve an alternative solution that meets any performance requirement of any Category 2 fire safety provision, the certifying authority is required under clause 144(2) of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000 (EP&A Reg.) to refer a copy of the application for CC and its plans and specifications to FRNSW. The fire engineering report (FER) is considered part of the specifications.
Note: FRNSW use the term ‘alternative solution’ as per the EP&A Reg. instead of ‘performance solution’ as used within the National Construction Code.
The certifying authority should use the initial fire safety report application form. FRNSW will notify the certifying authority within 10 days if an IFSR will be provided or not. If being provided, FRNSW will provide the IFSR to the certifying authority within 28 days after the document receipt date.
Note: The EP&A Reg. was amended on 2 October 2015 to give the Fire Commissioner discretion to provide an IFSR or not. FRNSW prioritise all applications and assess those that present greater risks and impacts to the community with consideration of available internal resources.
If the fire safety engineer responsible for the FER has undertaken consultation with FRNSW, the Alternative solution summary table should be completed and attached to the IFSR application.
An IFSR will not be provided if the application for CC has already been determined by the certifying authority. Any change in design after a CC has been issued will require the CC to be modified or a new CC issued for the changed plans and specifications, which includes attaching any new or revised FER to the fire safety schedule. Clause 148 of the EP&A Reg. requires any modification of CC to be assessed the same way as the initial CC (i.e. the application referred to FRNSW for an IFSR).
The Declaration of updated fire engineering report can be used by the certifying authority to advise FRNSW of any FER that has been updated as a result of incorporating FRNSW recommendations from a furnished IFSR. This form can also be used to notify FRNSW of minor editorial changes to the FER that has no impact on the alternative solution.
Note: FRNSW has no role in receiving or managing updated FERs on projects. However, FRNSW does expect the FER version applicable to the completed 'as-built' building works to be same the version attached to the fire safety schedule, and as referenced by the applicable CC or declaration. Click here on using the declaration of updated FER form.
|Situation||What you should do|
|An application for CC is received for building works to which clause 144 of the EP&A Reg. is applicable||
|The application for CC has been amended prior to the IFSR being furnished by FRNSW (i.e. the plans and specs have been amended prior to the CC being issued)||
|The IFSR is not being furnished by FRNSW||
|The IFSR has been furnished by FRNSW||
|The development to which an issued CC relates is being modified (i.e. applying to modify CC with new or revised plans and specifications)||
|The FER has been updated to include FRNSW conditions from the IFSR||
|An updated FER has been received from the fire safety engineer||
Initial fire safety report application (MS Word, 309 kb dotm)
Alternative solution summary table (MS Word, 251 kb dotm)
Declaration of updated fire engineering report (MS Word, 236 kb dotm)
What do I get?
The certifying authority will receive an IFSR which is to be used when determining the application for CC being applied for. The IFSR identifies whether FRNSW is satisfied that the alternative solution will meet the performance requirements it intends to meet, hydrants are accessible, and couplings are compatible with FRNSW. The IFSR may also recommend conditions to be imposed.
The charge applicable to furnish an IFSR comprises a charge based on the estimated cost of development (as per approved development application) and $180 for the assessment of each applicable Category 2 fire safety provision.
|Est. Cost of Development||Charge|
|Up to $250,000||$500|
|$250,001-$500,000||$500, plus an additional $0.40 for each $1,000 (or part of $1,000) by which the estimated cost exceeds $250,000|
|$500,001-$1,000,000||$600, plus an additional $0.30 for each $1,000 (or part of $1,000) by which the estimated cost exceeds $500,000|
|$1,000,001-$10,000,000||$750, plus an additional $0.20 for each $1,000 (or part of $1,000) by which the estimated cost exceeds $1,000,000|
|More than $10,000,000||$2,550, plus an additional $0.10 for each $1,000 (or part of $1,000) by which the estimated cost exceeds $10,000,000|
For a full description of the charges applicable including terms, payment options, applying for a waiver or reduction of the charges, please refer to the fees & charges for services page.
Initial fire safety report process technical information sheet (Adobe, 992 kb pdf)