The following information is important for all property owners, property managers, tenants, and business operators who own, occupy or manage buildings throughout the shire ranging from various types of residential properties to commercial, retail and industrial premises.
Smoke Alarm Regulations
An important State Government decision came into effect in 2006 to reduce fire-related deaths and injuries, by gazetting the Regulation makes smoke alarms compulsory in all residential homes and shared accommodation buildings.
For more information visit:
NSW Fire & Rescue
Building Owners Responsibility
Under the provisions of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000, owners of buildings such as commercial or industrial premises, residential flat buildings etc. have a legal obligation to ensure that all fire safety measures installed on the premises are maintained in good working condition at all times.
It is the responsibility of the building owner to ensure:
- all fire safety measures are inspected by a properly qualified person or persons to ensure the measures are being maintained to the appropriate standard of performance
- fire Safety Statements are displayed in a clearly visible position such that council or NSW Fire Brigade officers can see them when inspecting the premises and
- all exit doors are kept in good working condition, and corridors or other paths of egress are kept clear of any obstructions.
Annual Fire Safety Statements
Each year, the owner of a building to which an essential fire safety measure is applicable must submit to council an Annual Fire Safety Statement for the building.
Annual Fire Safety Statements are issued by or on behalf of the owner of the building. They declare that all fire safety measures on the premises have been maintained to the appropriate standards and that exit paths allow for the safe passage through the premises in the event of fire.
How to lodge an Annual Statements
Complete all sections on the Annual Fire Safety Statement form provided by council and provide dates where required to do so. Check the form again for accuracy and completeness and lodge it at council with the administration fee.
An Annual Fire Safety Statement for a building must deal with each essential fire safety measure in the building premises. It must be submitted within 12 months after the date on which the previous statement or the Final Fire Certificate was given, and it must be lodged within three months of the date of inspection and assessment.
The statement must be submitted to:
Lachlan Shire Council
PO Box 216
58-64 Molong Street
CONDOBOLIN NSW 2877
Ph: (02) 6895 1900