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Lodge a fire safety certificate

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

Under clause 172 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000 the building owner must provide a copy of fire safety certificate to FRNSW as soon as possible after the certificate is issued. The fire safety certificate is a statement that the fire safety measures in the building are capable of performing to the standard defined by the fire safety schedule or as originally designed and implemented. The fire safety certificate is issued at the completion of building works on the fire safety measure and is required before an occupation certificate can be issued.

There are two types of fire safety certificates, final and interim. The final fire safety certificate covers each essential fire safety measure specified in the fire safety schedule for the building. The interim fire safety certificate covers each essential fire safety measure specified in the fire safety schedule for the part of the building to which the certificate relates, and interim occupation is being sought for those parts of the building.

A properly qualified person must inspect and verify the performance of each fire safety measure being assessed, and test the operation of each new item of equipment installed in the building premises that is included in the current fire safety schedule for the building. The owner can choose which qualified person certifies each fire safety measure, who is typically a representative of the fire protection company engaged to install that system.

The owner must also provide a copy of the current fire safety schedule when lodging the fire safety certificate to FRNSW. The standard of performance on the fire safety certificate can be cross checked against the measure identified on the schedule. The fire safety certificate 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 certificates are not conducted correctly or provided in a timely manner.

Process

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

Costs

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