QLD – Essential Property Services advises building owners, occupiers and facility managers that the Queensland Fire and Rescue Service (QFRS) is requesting approval documents during their regular fire safety installations auditing processes of occupied buildings.

Facility managers are 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 became mandatory on 1 July 2009.

The QFRS 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 requirement of the Building Act the QFRS is also actively enforcing the requirements of Section 25 of the Building Fire Safety Regulation 2008 (BFSR). These regulations require occupiers to take reasonable steps to obtain building approval documents and keep them with the fire evacuation plan. Section 25 of the BFSR is not restricted to buildings completed post July 1997 and applies to all buildings regardless of age.

Facility managers, building owners and tenants should take reasonable steps to obtain approval documents before an audit by QFRS. Sourcing and/or finalising approval documents can often take considerable time and effort. Essential Property Services regularly provides a service to assist clients to meet their obligations in relation to building approval documentation for this purpose.

Building Legislation Table

Refer to our Building Legislation Table for further information on the building control process including the development permit and certificate of classification.

Fire Safety Compliance: Fire Safety Installations

Refer to our Fire Safety Installations Identification table for further information on individual Fire Safety Installations, including fire safety advisors and that Annual Occupiers Statement.

Further Advice

For further advice, please contact the Essential Property Services office by clicking here.