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Lodge a fire safety statement

The owner of a building having a fire safety schedule is required to provide a copy of the fire safety statement to the Commissioner of Fire & Rescue NSW (FRNSW)

Under clause 177 and clause 180 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000 the building owner must provide a copy of fire safety statements to FRNSW as soon as possible after the statement is issued. The fire safety statement is a record of maintenance of the fire safety systems within the building.

There are two types of fire safety statements, annual and supplementary. The annual fire safety statement must be done once every year and cover the maintenance of all essential fire safety measures in the building. The supplementary fire safety statement covers the maintenance of critical fire safety measures that must be done more frequently (e.g. every 6 months).

The inspection and maintenance of fire safety systems must be done by a properly qualified person to a standard no less than that to which the measure was originally designed, as identified on the building’s fire safety schedule. The owner can choose which qualified person undertakes the maintenance by searching fire protection companies in telephone directories or the internet.

Note: The fire safety schedule is a schedule of the systems installed in the building and their design performance.

The owner must also provide a copy of the current fire safety schedule when lodging the fire safety statement to FRNSW. The measures on the fire safety statement can be cross checked against the listed measures identified on the schedule. The fire safety statement and the fire safety schedule must also be prominently displayed in the building.

Note: The local council is the regulatory authority on this matter and may impose penalties if fire safety statements are not conducted correctly or provided in a timely manner.

Process

The fire safety statement and schedule is to be lodged electronically by email to: afss@fire.nsw.gov.au

Costs

There is no charge applicable to lodge a fire safety statement.