BPB condition report
The certifying authority may have a condition imposed upon their accreditation by the NSW Building Professionals Board (BPB) that requires written advice (i.e. report) to be sought from Fire & Rescue NSW (FRNSW) before determining certain applications for a certificate.
The person having the benefit of a development consent or complying development certificate (e.g. development owner) is responsible for appointing a certifier to undertake the role of certifying authority for their development. In doing so they should carefully consider the certifier's accreditation category, accreditation history, insurance and whether any conditions have been imposed on them by the BPB. The BPB maintains a register of all accredited certifiers for NSW which includes details concerning their accreditation.
Find an accredited certifier [external link]
Often the BPB may impose conditions upon the certifier that requires them to refer to FRNSW and seek written advice prior to determining an application for construction certificate (CC), occupation certificate (OC), and/or complying development consent (CDC). The conditions may also stipulate they consider FRNSW recommendations prior to the determination, and if such recommendation are not being followed or adopted, advise FRNSW in writing accordingly. The conditions will typically define certain time periods for referral by the certifier and response by FRNSW, and identify any exceptions to the conditions.
When the building works involve an alternative solution to which clause 144 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000 (EP&A Reg.) applies, the legislated requirements of clause 144 and clause 152 override any BPB conditions. In such cases the certifying authority should apply for an initial fire safety report or final fire safety report.
If the certifying authority is referring the application for certificate to FRNSW because of a condition to do so, and clause 144 of the EP&A Reg. does not apply, the certifying authority should use the FRNSW written report application form below, and include a copy of the BPB conditions when attaching supporting documents.
FRNSW written report application (MS Word, 260 kb docx)
What do I get?
The applicant will receive a written report from FRNSW outlining their assessment and recommendations for the application for certificate.
The charge applicable is $2,600 for each day (or part of a day) spent by the Commissioner or a fire brigade member providing advisory, assessment or consultancy services. There is no charge applicable to local government authorities and consent authorities for this service.
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.