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Fire safety certification is an important process that ensures that buildings are equipped with the necessary fire safety measures to protect occupants and property from fire. In Australia, fire compliance certification is mandatory for all buildings under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000. It’s the responsibility of the building owners to get each of their fire safety measures assessed by an accredited fire safety practitioner. The document of the endorsement from the fire safety practitioner must be submitted to the council and the NSW Fire & Rescue.

What is a Fire Safety Certificate?

In Australia, a fire safety certificate is a legal document that certifies that a building’s essential fire safety measures have been installed and are functional in accordance with the relevant state or territory building regulations. The fire and safety certification is issued by a qualified fire safety practitioner after an inspection of the building has been conducted. This inspection typically covers fire extinguishers, sprinkler systems, fire alarms, smoke detectors, emergency exits, and other fire safety systems.

What is Annual Fire Safety Statement?

An annual fire safety statement (AFSS) is a legal document required by law in New South Wales (NSW), Australia, that certifies that a building’s essential fire safety measures have been inspected, tested, and maintained in accordance with the relevant standards and regulations. The Annual Fire Safety Statement in Sydney must be issued by a certified and accredited fire safety practitioner and submitted to the local council annually, and failure to provide an AFSS can result in fines and legal action.

The purpose of the AFSS is to ensure that the essential fire safety measures in a building are regularly inspected, tested, and maintained to ensure they function correctly in the event of a fire. This helps to reduce the risk of injury or loss of life in the event of a fire and ensures the safety of occupants and visitors to the building. It is necessary to obtain an Annual Fire Safety Statement on the exact date of submitting the initial Fire Safety Certificate to the council.

What is a Partial Annual Fire Safety Statement?

If a property has outstanding fire safety issues, a Partial Annual Fire Safety Statement (AFSS) is issued. This means that if, for example, there are six fire features that require approval and five are compliant, but one is not, the fire safety practitioner can give the go-ahead on the five compliant items, such as Fire Hose Reels (FHR), exit lights, sprinkler systems, fire hydrants, and detection systems. However, the non-compliant fire doors will not be approved. This Partial Annual Fire Safety Statement can provide additional time to fix the non-compliant issue.

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