When works or a change of use has not occurred, the building owner is still obliged to issue an Annual Fire Safety Statement (AFSS) which identifies all fire safety measures in the form of a fire safety schedule. An AFSS is subject to the same criteria and requirements as that for fire safety certificates as discussed previously.
A building owner’s failure to issue an AFSS to the Council within 12 months of the issue of the previous statement or final fire safety certificate is an offence under Clause 177 of the Regulations. Such an offence can attract a fine from the Local Council of $500 each week that the AFSS is late, with the fine escalating to $2,000 per week after three weeks.
Applicable to all Class 1b, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9 buildings. Only single and attached terrace style residential dwelling buildings along with ancillary buildings such as private garages, sheds and the like are exempt from the fire safety provisions of Part 9 of the Regulations. In leased premises, the owner is always ultimately responsible for compliance.
Obtain copies of all previous statutory approvals listing fire safety measures and their conditions or standard of performance, fire safety schedules, final fire safety certificates, annual fire safety statements and ensure all fire safety measures are implemented as required.
Ensure statutory requirements of the Regulations are met to allow the issuing of the annual fire safety statements. Develop and implement a logbook that reflects these requirements and record all pertinent information leading to the issue of the annual fire safety statements.
AFSS is signed by the owner/ agent and prominently displayed in the building with the final fire safety certificate and fire safety schedule.
Forward to the Council and the NSW Fire Brigades all statutory documents under the Regulations on the designated dates to avoid fines and/ or prosecution under the Regulations.