Changes to Building Fire Safety Upgrade Reports
The need for Fire Safety Upgrade Reports to accompany an application for a Complying Development Certificate (CDC) in NSW was removed on July 18, 2014, however new rules are now in place.
Environmental Planning and Assessment Amendment (Fire Safety) Regulation 2014:
From July 18 any certifier with an application for a CDC, Construction Certificate (CC) and/or Occupation Certificate (OC) is required to notify council if they identify any ‘significant fire safety issues’ affecting an existing building.
Key aspects of these new provisions:
• No longer require a full fire safety upgrading report.
• Apply to any application for a CDC, CC and/or OC, not just CDC’s as per the now defunct clause132A.
• Apply to all existing buildings (not just pre 1993) and any development of any scale – the 500sqm threshold no longer applies
• The certifying authority before issuing a CDC, CC or OC will need to inspect affected building parts as well as the egress routes from those parts.
• The certifying authority must notify the council within two (2) days of becoming aware of a ‘significant fire safety issue’ with the existing building
• Prevents the issue of an initial CDC unless the building will contain measures that are adequate, in the event of a fire, to facilitate the safe egress of persons from those parts of the building subject of the application/certificate.
SGA Compliance, A1 Accredited Certifiers are uniquely positioned to assist as they have:
• Proven ability to assess the compliance of existing buildings and provide realistic recommendations
• Extensive experience in liaising and negotiating with local councils and fire brigades
Should you require any advice or help with Building Compliance please contact:
Mr Danial Powell, SGA Compliance
E: email@example.com, P: +612 9438 2333