Fire safety system report
The principal certifier is required to request a fire safety system report (FSSR) from Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) and consider any findings prior to issuing an occupation certificate (OC) for any class 2 or 3 building that included building work on a relevant fire safety system.
On 1 October 2017, clause 152A was added to the Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000 (EP&A Reg.) to give the Fire Commissioner discretion to provide a FSSR for class 2 and 3 buildings. When the principal certifier receives an application for OC for any class 2 or 3 building, and building works involved installing, extending or modifying any of the following:
- a fire hydrant system
- a fire hose reel system
- a sprinkler system (including a wall-wetting sprinkler or drencher system)
- any type of automatic fire suppression system of a hydraulic nature
- a fire detection and alarm system
- a mechanical ducted smoke control system
the principal certifier is required under clause 152A of the EP&A Reg. to request an FSSR from FRNSW. This applies irrespective of building size, whether the building has a performance solution or not, and whether the associated building works was within the class 2 or 3 parts of the building or not.
Note: FRNSW will prioritise all applications and assess those that present the greatest risk and impact to the community.
The principal certifier should use the fire safety system report application form below. However, if the building has a performance solution to which clause 152 of the EP&A Reg. applies, the final fire safety report application form should be used instead to avoid the need to make two separate applications.
If the FSSR is to be provided, FRNSW will attend the building and provide the report to the principal certifier within ten (10) days. FRNSW will assess the functionality and performance of the relevant fire safety systems to determine if they are capable of performing to the standard in the current fire safety schedule. If any relevant fire safety system includes a performance solution to which clause 144 of the EP&A Reg. does not apply, a copy of the performance solution report is to be provided with the FSSR application so that the standard of performance of that system can be identified and assessed.
Note: Fire safety systems are expected to be tested and commissioned and the fire safety certificate issued prior to the application for OC being made, and the FSSR being requested.
|Situation||What you should do|
|An application for OC is received for a class 2 or 3 building for which clause 152A of the EP&A Reg. applies||
|The application for OC also requires a request be made for a final fire safety report under clause 152 of the EP&A Reg.||
|You refuse the application for OC prior to an FSSR being furnished by FRNSW||
|The FSSR has not been furnished by FRNSW within ten (10) days||
|Building works are incomplete and the building is not appropriate for inspection upon FRNSW arrival||
|A defect is identified which results in the relevant fire safety system not performing to the standard required||
|The relevant fire safety systems all perform to the standard required||
Fire safety system report application (MS Word, 224 kb dotm)
What do I get?
The principal certifier will receive a FSSR which is to be used when determining the application for OC being applied for. The FSSR identifies whether FRNSW is satisfied that relevant fire safety systems are capable of performing to the standard in the current fire safety schedule.
The charge applicable to furnish a FSSR comprises a charge based on the cost of an inspection which is undertaken to assess the relevant fire safety systems. The inspection charge for the initial inspection is $215 for the first two (2) hours and $200 for each additional hour thereafter of the initial inspection, including travelling time. For any subsequent re-inspection, the charge is $430 for the first two (2) hours and $200 for each additional hour thereafter, including travelling time.
For a full description of the charges applicable including terms, payment options, applying for a waiver or reduction of the charges, please refer to the fees & charges for services page.
Fire safety system report process technical information sheet (Adobe, 1.17 mb pdf)
NSW Planning - fire safety requirements (external link)
EP&A (Fire Safety and Building Certification) Regulation 2017 (external link)