QLD – HENDRY building certifiers alert 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.

Most facility 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 became mandatory on the 1st 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 requirements of the Building Act, the QFRS is also actively enforcing the requirements of Section 25 of the Building Fire Safety Regulation 2008 (BFSR).  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 BFSR is not restricted to buildings completed post July 1997 and applies to all buildings regardless of age.

Facility managers, owners and occupiers 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.  HENDRY 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.