The City of Botany Bay has strict rules and procedures in place to prevent buildings catching fire.
Annual fire safety statement
Every year the owner of a building or premises must provide the Council with a statement certifying all fire-safety measures work properly. This statement must be assessed by qualified personnel and be displayed prominently.
Once the annual statement is complete, post it to Council with your administration fee of $150.00. Please do not fax or email Council with your Annual Fire Safety Statement as Council is unable to process the form without payment of the fee.
Supplementary fire safety statement
A supplementary fire safety statement applies to fire-control measures so it's important that they are certified more frequently than every 12 months. The frequency will be stated on the premises’ fire-safety schedule.
Essential fire safety measures
These measures include installations, equipment or forms of construction that will protect occupants of a building in the event of fire or other emergencies. They include:
- automatic fire detection and alarm systems
- automatic fire suppression systems, such as sprinkler systems
- emergency lighting and exit signs
- fire hose reels, fire hydrants and portable fire extinguishers
- fire doors and mechanical air-handling systems
- lightweight fire-resistant construction materials.
Fire safety schedules
Fire safety schedules list the measures required to be installed and the standard they need to achieve. A fire safety schedule can be issued:
- by the Council or an accredited certifier
- by the Council with a fire safety order
- by the Council in some cases with a development consent, such as for a change of use in an existing building.
A fire safety schedule is only applicable if any of the above occurred after 1988.
You can obtain a copy of the latest fire safety schedule from the Council.
Your Legal Responsibilities
It is an offence to make a false statement or to fail to submit the Certificates within the prescribed time. Further, you may be liable under common law if you do not ensure that the persons that you rely on for inspecting the services are acting within their level of competency or if you fail to maintain the services and it can be shown that this has led to an injury, death or loss.