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Using the Declaration of updated alternative solution report

The Declaration of updated alternative solution report is to be used by the certifying authority to declare that an alternative solution report (ASR) has been updated to incorporate changes from the initial fire safety report (IFSR), or to include minor editorial changes not impacting on the building design or the alternative solution.

This form is only to be used following an application for an IFSR, and its corresponding construction certificate (CC) has been determined and issued. The ASR version being attached to fire safety schedule for the issued CC must be forwarded to the consent authority, along with the plans and specifications for the issued CC.

Note: If the application for CC was refused (i.e. not issued) after receiving the IFSR, the Declartion of updated alternative solution report cannot be used. A new IFSR application is to be made when the new/revised application for CC is received, and the alternative solution summary table should be used to summarise the assessment status of alternative solution issues.

Any conditions recommended by Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) in the IFSR that the certifying authority adopts are to be incorporated into the plans and specifications, including the ASR, prior to issuing the CC. The Declaration of updated alternative solution report should be used by the certifying authority to provide FRNSW with a copy of the revised ASR version that is attached to the fire safety schedule for the issued CC. This ASR version is used for reference when an application for a final fire safety report is made. This form may also be used by the certifying authority to advise FRNSW which IFSR conditions, if any, are not being adopted and why.

The competent fire safety practitioner may make incidental changes to the ASR during construction including minor editorial amendments and corrections. The competent fire safety practitioner should only forward an updated ASR to the certifying authority with a correspnding application for CC which needs to be determined.

If an updated ASR is received, the certifying authority must determine whether these changes impact on the building design or the alternative solution. If the changes present a different alternative solution to the one that was assessed when the relevant CC was issued, then this change in design should be addressed through a new or modified CC. Examples of the alternative solution being different and a change in design includes when changes have been made to the fire safety strategy/approach, number of issues, performance requirements, assessment methods, acceptance criteria, fires scenarios, design fires or modelling inputs.

Clause 148 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000 (EPandA Reg.) requires any design change that warrants modification of the CC to undergo a new CC application process, and as clause 144 of the EPandA Reg. must be re-applied, a new IFSR application must be made to FRNSW for these changes.

Note: Whether of not FRNSW provide an IFSR for any modified design (i.e. revised FER) will depend on the changes to the alternative solution. An IFSR may be provided even if no IFSR was provided for the previous application.

Form

Declaration of updated alternative solution report  (MS Word, 213 kb dotm)