Accessibility of fire hydrants

FRNSW requires fire hydrants to be always accessible, and will comment on hydrant accessibility in reports issued under s28, s50 and s51 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment (Development Certification and Fire Safety) Regulation 2021.

Hydrant accessibility is determined by the applicable fire hydrant system Standard. However, FRNSW offers additional clarification on accessibility applying to any street fire hydrants or large-bore suction connections that are part of the fire hydrant system.

All proponents, including consent authorities (e.g. Council) determining the initial development application, are to consider the implications of fire hydrant accessibility and the potential loss of street parking and/or easement access necessary to required hardstands, especially for any large-bore suction connections that is required by the hydrant system.

Position statement summary

Updated: 29th April 2024