Annual Fire Safety Statements
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Annual Fire Safety Statements
If you own a building or premises you must provide the City and Fire and Rescue NSW with a statement certifying that all fire-safety measures work properly every year. This Annual Fire Safety Statement must be assessed by qualified personnel such as Aegis Safe and be displayed prominently within the building.
5 Steps to your Annual Fire Safety Certificate
- The Consultation
We will listen, ask questions, and understand what you need.
- Site Assessment and Problem Identification
We visit the site, analyse and research it, and report any non-compliance issues.
- Specific Solutions
We report and provide specific solutions to resolve non-compliance issues with your site
We offer documents to support the certification
We provide documents to support the certification.
Your Annual Fire Safety Statement must state that each essential fire safety measure installed in the building or on the land has been assessed by a properly qualified person and was found, when it was assessed, to be capable of performing to a standard no less than that specified in the most recent Fire Safety Schedule.
Every twelve months your Annual Fire Safety Statement must be prepared and forwarded to your local Council and Fire Brigade. The Annual Fire Safety Statement must certify that a properly qualified person has inspected the building, assessed the fire safety measures, and found that the measure is capable of performing to the relevant standard.
Annual Fire Safety Statement Assessment Services
Having your fire protection systems regularly inspected and maintained is not only important for safety, it’s also the law; such as Section 166 of the NSW Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulations (2000).
Aegis Safe are the leaders in fire protection when it comes to testing, maintaining, and repairing effective fire protection and safety systems. With a wealth of expertise in building maintenance and safety, Aegis Safe provide annual fire safety statements, fire safety assessments, and BCA assessments.
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What is an Annual Fire Safety Statement?
The Annual Fire Safety Statement certifies that:
- Every essential fire safety measure of a building has been assessed by a fully licensed and qualified individual
- Every essential fire safety measure in the building has been found to perform at a standard equal or greater than the standard to which the measure was designed and implemented to perform at
- The qualified person has assessed the escape routes of a building including exit doors and has advised on them in accordance with the NSW Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulations (2000) valid at the time of inspection
As the owner of the property or premises in NSW, you have to provide a fire safety statement to the council and Fire and Rescue NSW to certify that your fire-safety measures are up-to-date and working properly. This fire safety statement should also be displayed prominently within the building, as failing to display it is an offence.
When an annual fire safety statement has been completed it has to be lodged with the city council through email, post, or in person at a Neighbourhood Service Centre. You also have to submit it to Fire and Rescue NSW.
Aegis Safe is a leading provider of commercial, industrial and high-rise residential fire protection services. We can assist with the inspection, installation, and maintenance of fire protection equipment. We also provide certification services and annual fire safety statements. Aegis Safe offers a wide range of scheduled fire protection services such as testing and inspection services in accordance with AS1851-2012 and the Building Code of Australia. We also provide fire equipment registers, reports, and annual fire safety statements for building owners. The documents are a necessary component of fire compliance for property owners.
Our team is completely qualified and able to perform inspections and issue annual fire safety statements. The annual fire safety statement is an annual declaration to local authorities, including the local council and FRNSW, by property owners, that the current fire safety measures have been inspected and tested by a qualified person who has declared them fit for purpose. Fire safety inspects have to have occurred within three months of the date of issue on the annual fire safety statement.
Tips for Annual Fire Safety Statements NSW
- Know the essential fire safety measures that apply to your particular building. Take a close look at the fire safety schedule and ensure that you’ve got the most recent version of the schedule.
- Keep essential fire safety measures maintained so that they stay in good condition and work as they should during a fire. Keep all the different parts of the system well maintained according to a maintenance schedule. Performance testing should be a part of maintenance.
- Ensure any testing and maintenance is performed by a qualified fire safety technician
- Ensure that annual inspections and tests of fire safety measures happen no longer than three months before the annual fire safety statement is due. Allow plenty of time to correct problems discovered in the inspection.
- After changing contractors you may be presented with small non-compliance items. If there are major non-compliance issues raised then you need to have an independent qualified fire safety professional take a look at the report for you.
- Choose someone that isn’t an installer to review the report to ensure that they have no stake in their recommendations
- Remember to prominently display a copy of the fire safety schedule and the most recent annual fire safety statement in your building
- The annual fire safety statement should be submitted to the relevant council at the right time and a copy has to be forwarded to the FRNSW
Essential Fire Safety Measures
An essential fire safety measure is considered to be a kind of construction or installation incorporated into buildings to ensure that occupants are safe during an emergency, in particular a fire. These essential measures may include:
- Automatic fire suppression systems (e.g.: sprinkler systems)
- Fire hose reels
- Fire hydrants
- Automatic fire detection and alarm systems
- Fire doors
- Fire extinguishers
- Smoke exhaust systems
- Exit signs
- Emergency lighting
A list of statutory essential measures that must be installed into a building can be found in the Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000. There are other measures, equipment, and construction methods that – while they aren’t listed – could be used to further ensure the safety of a building and its occupants in case of fire.
Councils require an annual fire safety statement each year. It is important to ensure every building is compliant to Australian Standard so that annual fire safety statement is submitted without a problem.
We have plenty of experience in inspecting existing buildings and recently constructed buildings for fire compliance purposes. We generally work with strata buildings, complex sites with high-rises and multiple buildings.
If there is a need for extra fire protection work then we can provide you with a range of cost-effective solutions to get your building up to code at an affordable and competitive rate.
The council could issue with a reminder notice about the annual fire safety statement coming due. The letter should list the essential fire safety measures related to your site. These fire safety measures should be certified by a qualified individual. The council isn’t obligated to issue these reminders. The only person responsible for staying up to date on when an Annual Fire Safety Statement has to be logged is you. It is entirely your obligation as the owner of a business to ensure that the Annual Fire Safety Statement is completed to requirements and submitted to:
- The local council
- The local fire brigade and/or the fire commissioner
You must also display a copy of the annual fire safety statement on the premises. This is outlined in Clause 177 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulations Act 2000.
We understand building owners and tenants might not have the experience or qualifications to complete regular fire protection service checks. They may also not meet the requirements for inspecting and testing fire services equipment as specified in AS1851-2012.
Competent and Trusted Fire Safety Practitioners
Beginning on the 1st of October 2017 assessments of fire safety statements have to be performed by a competent fire safety practitioner. Building owners that submit annual fire safety statements must now have them performed by competent fire safety practitioners.
The Department of Finance, Services, and Innovation are working on establishing an accreditation scheme to accredit individuals as recognised competent fire safety practitioners. The department also published a guide on determining if an individual is a competent fire safety practitioner.
The Dangers of Not Filling out an Annual Fire Safety Statement
The council makes building owners responsible for submitting - and signing – their fire safety certificates and their AFSS. It doesn’t matter what it says on the lease of the building, at the end of the day fire compliance will always be something the landlord or owner is responsible for. When signing a fire safety certificate or an AFSS you declare the premises meets the Australian Standard for fire safety and that this claim has been assessed and maintained by someone with the proper qualifications.
Outside of Queensland, there is no certificate or legal definition of what constitutes an “qualified person”. It is on the building owner to satisfy themselves that the person they choose is fully qualified. Given that this is yet to be tested in the court of law, there is a working definition that says what “reasonable people” think would make someone qualified for inspecting fire equipment. Rest assured that every member of our team will certainly meet this requirement.
Clause 177 of the NSW Environmental Planning and Association Regulation 2000 states that failing to provide the statement is a legal offence. This offence is punishable by escalating cumulative weekly penalties that build up until the statement is provided: such as $1000 a week. Failing to submit your annual fire safety statement can lead to civil or criminal proceedings in the Land and Environment Court. This offence comes with a maximum penalty of $110,000.
Perhaps the most important thing about all of this is that failing to meet these requirements puts the lives of others at risk, as well as the liability implications for a building owner. Failing to have fire equipment inspected properly, and failing to lodge your annual fire safety statement, can very well void fire insurance.
Who is Responsible for your Annual Fire Safety Statement?
According to the Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000, it is the legal responsibility of a building owner to ensure that these fire safety measures are inspected by a qualified individual. The building owner must then forward a copy of the Annual Fire Safety Statement or the Fire Safety Certificate to the Council and necessary NSW Fire Brigades. A statement of the certificate or statement has to be displayed in the building in a place of prominence. The team at Aegis Safe fire protection have all the necessary experience and are waiting to help you obtain a fire safety statement or certificate in Sydney.
Who Completes Certificates and Statements?
A fire safety certificate and an annual fire safety statement may only be signed by the owner of a building – or their agent – and cannot be filled in by the “qualified” person who approves the measures.
When are Annual Fire Safety Statements Due?
It is required that fire safety statements are submitted annually, from the date the initial fire safety certificate – once called Form 6 or Form 15 Certificates - was submitted to the council in response to a construction certificate, building approval, complying development certificate, developmental consent, or a fire safety order.