QLD – Hendry advise that owners, occupiers and facility managers need to know that the Queensland Fire and Rescue Service (QFRS), under the Building Act 1975 and the Building Fire Safety Regulation 2008, are requesting approval documents during their regular fire safety auditing processes of occupied buildings. Most managers are now aware of the requirement to display the Certificate of Classification for a building if their building was completed after 1997. This provision under Section 284 of the Building Act 1975 became mandatory on the 1st July 2009.
The Queensland Fire and Rescue Service has been actively auditing buildings since the inception of this provision and requesting that buildings display relevant Certificates of Classification accordingly.
In addition to the requirements of the Building Act 1975, the QFRS are also actively enforcing the requirements of Section 25 of the Building Fire Safety Regulation 2008. This legislation requires occupiers to take reasonable steps to obtain building approval documents and keep them with the fire evacuation plan. Section 25 of the Building Fire Safety Regulation 2008 is not restricted to buildings completed post July 1997 and applies to all buildings regardless of age.
As a result of these inspections, it is recommended that managers, owners and occupiers take reasonable steps to obtain building approval documents before an audit by Queensland Fire and Rescue Service.