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Fire engineering brief consultation

An applicant, usually a fire safety engineer or competent fire safety practitioner, may engage Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) as a stakeholder in the fire engineering brief (FEB) consultation process.

When a development proposes to incorporate a fire engineered solution, whether a building design having a performance solution in accordance with the National Construction Code (NCC) or other infrastructure where building codes are not applicable, FRNSW should be engaged in the FEB consultation process at the preliminary design phase and after development consent is granted.

The FEB is developed to outline the fire safety strategy and design for the proposed works, and allows stakeholders to provide input into the assessment methods and acceptance criteria that is agreed to be used for the performance solution. The FEB process is outlined by the International Fire Engineering Guidelines. When the FEB process is done thoroughly and accurately, the assessment of the detailed design by a certifying authority and FRNSW (i.e. when an initial fire safety report is provided) should be streamlined.

Note: The FEB is defined as the Performance-based design brief (PBDB) in schedule 7 of the National Construction Code.

If the FEB relates to a building intended to meet the performance requirements of the NCC, especially when that building will be referred to FRNSW under clause 144 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000 (EP&A Reg.), then the Fire engineering brief questionnaire (FEBQ) should be used for the FEB consultation process. The FEBQ allows FRNSW to provide specific advice on the proposed performance solution, which if followed, may result in the initial fire safety report not being provided and both time and money being saved.

Note: On 1 December 2019 the EP&A Reg. was amended to use the term ‘performance solution’ as used within the National Construction Code.

If the FEB relates to infrastructure or building works not intended to meet the NCC then the FRNSW report (other) application form should be used for the FEB consultation process. Examples include State significant infrastructure as per section 5.12 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 or Crown building work as per section 6.28 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979.

Note: If the State significant infrastructure or Crown building work does involvesa building intended to meet the NCC, the FEBQ should be used for consultation.

If the development is likely to be subject to State Environmental Planning Policy No.33 Hazardous and Offensive Development or a condition of consent requiring a fire safety study be done, then these should be finalised in conjunction with the performance solution. Recommendations from a fire safety study will override advice given in the FEB consultation process.

The application is to include all relevant information necessary for the consultation to occur. The CFD/zone modelling inputs form should be provided when modelling is proposed in the assessment method.

Forms

Fire engineering brief questionnaire  (MS Word, 275 kb dotm)

CFD/zone modelling inputs form  (MS Word, 256 kb docx)

What do I get?

The applicant will receive a written report, such as formal comments in the FEBQ response, and the option of having a telephone meeting, face-to-face meeting or no meeting to discuss aspects of advice given by FRNSW.

Note: The meeting will be at the discretion of FRNSW, and the time allocated to any meeting will be based on the advice given.

Costs

The charge applicable is $2,600 for each day (or part of a day) spent by the Commissioner or a fire brigade member providing advisory, assessment or consultancy services.

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 and charges for services page.

Further information

About FRNSW forms

Submitting plans and specifications to FRNSW