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Certification and Annual Fire Safety Statements (AFSS)

Fire Safety Service Certification

Who is responsible for certification?

Under the requirements of the NSW Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000, from the 1st July 2020, the owner of a building must ensure that each of the measures gets assessment and endorsement by an Accredited Practitioner Fire Safety. Following the assessment and endorsement a copy of the Annual Fire Safety Statement (AFSS) or Fire Safety Certificate has to go to Council and the NSW Fire Brigade. A copy of the statement or certificate must also be on prominent display in the building.

Who completes the certificates and statements?

The Fire Safety Certificate and Annual Fire Safety Statement can only have sign-off by the owner or his agent and not by the Accredited Practitioner Fire Safety person or persons. See the first page of an Annual Fire Safety Statement pictured on this web page.

When is an Annual Fire Safety Statement (AFSS) due?

You must get a Fire Safety Statement on an annual basis, from the date on which the initial Fire Safety Certificate (formerly known as a Form 6 or Form 15 Certificate) was obtained and submitted to council in response to one of the following:

  • Building Approval,
  • Construction Certificate,
  • Complying Development Certificate,
  • fire safety order
  • or Development Consent. 

If you do not submit a Fire Safety Statement to Council on an annual basis from the date of the initial Fire Safety Certificate and it there has been no submission to Council within the past 12 months, it is now overdue. You must now submit it to Council as soon as possible to avoid a fine and/or legal action.

WhAT is a Fire Safety CERTIFICATE?

Fire protection starts with any new construction or significantly altered building needing the issuance of a Fire Safety Certificate. This lists all fire safety measures for the property. This requires the input of a registered fire safety professional (formerly known as competent fire safety practitioners), and then goes to your local council for approval. This document was formerly known as a Form 6 or Form 15 Certificate.

WhAT is a Fire Safety Schedule (FSS)?

Additionally, a Fire Safety Schedule (FSS), which lists all the measures, such as fire protection systems and equipment, is necessary for the property in question and the level or standard needed for each of those. It will detail the Building codes, Australian Standards, or other requirements that the fire safety measure require compliance with.

WhAT is an Annual Fire Safety Statement?

Your AFSS will require that an accredited person assesses, tests and services every item on your FSS.

A council inspection can result in an FSS. If they have the data on file, then a records request means that they can issue an FSS. Accredited certifiers including certified fire protection professionals can also issue Fire Safety Schedules.

You must get a Annual Fire Safety Statement on the anniversary from the date on which you obtained and submitted the initial Fire Safety Certificate to council. This initial certificate comes in response to a:

  • Building Approval,
  • Construction Certificate,
  • Complying Development Certificate,
  • fire safety order
  • or Development Consent.

If you do not submit a Fire Safety Statement to Council on an annual basis and it has not been submitted to Council within the past 12 months, it is now overdue. You must now submit it to Council as soon as possible to avoid a fine and/or legal action.

You must also display the statement in a place on the property which is accessible to council or Fire and Rescue NSW officers.

WhAT is a Partial Annual Fire Safety Statement?

We can also do partial AFSS for those properties that have outstanding issues. For example, that means when there are different fire items that needs sign off and of say 5 items, 4 are compliant and 1 is not, then we can sign off the 4. So, if 

  • Fire Hose Reels (FHR)
  • exits
  • sprinklers
  • detection
  • fire doors

All except fire doors are up to standard, then we sign off on compliant items but not the doors. This partial AFSS may buy you time to resolve the non compliant issue.

Continuing Fire Protection Maintenance

One way to make sure that you fulfill your AFSS needs is to use our fire protection maintenance program. Your Annual Fire Safety Statement and most other fire protection needs come with this low cost option.

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