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Using the Declaration of updated fire engineering report

The Declaration of updated fire engineering report is to be used by the certifying authority to declare that a fire engineering report (FER) has been updated to incorporate changes from the initial fire safety report (IFSR), or to include minor editorial changes not impacting on the building design or the alternative solution.

This form is only to be used following an application for an IFSR, and its corresponding construction certificate (CC) has been determined and issued. The FER version that is being attached to fire safety schedule for the issued CC must be forwarded to the consent authority, along with the plans and specifications used in determining the CC.

Note: If the CC was determined and not issued following the IFSR then the updated FER should be submitted with the new IFSR application that is to be made when the new/revised application for CC is received.

Any conditions recommended by Fire & Rescue NSW (FRNSW) in the IFSR that the certifying authority adopts are to be incorporated into the plans and specifications, including the FER, prior to issuing the CC. The Declaration of updated fire engineering report should be used by the certifying authority to provide FRNSW with a copy of the revised FER version that is attached to the fire safety schedule for the CC. This FER version is used for reference when an application for final fire safety certificate is made. Additionally, the form can be used by the certifying authority to advise FRNSW which IFSR conditions, if any, are not being adopted and why.

The fire safety engineer may make incidental changes to the FER during construction including minor editorial amendments and corrections. The fire safety engineer should only forward an updated FER to the certifying authority with an application for CC to being determined. The certifying authority must determine whether these changes impact on the building design or the alternative solution. If the changes present a different alternative solution to the one that was assessed when the relevant CC was issued, then this change in design should be addressed through a modification of CC.

Examples of the alternative solution being different and a change in design includes when changes have been made to the fire safety strategy/approach, number of issues, performance requirements, assessment methods, acceptance criteria, fires scenarios, design fires or modelling inputs.

Clause 148 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000 (EP&A Reg.) requires any design change that warrants modification of the CC to undergo a new CC application process, and as clause 144 of the EP&A Reg. must be re-applied, a new IFSR application must be made to FRNSW for these changes.

Note: Whether of not FRNSW provide an IFSR for any modified design (i.e. revised FER) will depend on the changes to the alternative solution.

Form

Declaration of updated fire engineering report  (MS Word, 251 kb dotm)