AUST – HENDRY building surveyors advise that the Building Regulations and Building Code of Australia under Part E4 emergency lighting, exit signs and warning systems requires the installation (location) of exit signs to be in accordance with AS 2293.1-2005 ‘Emergency escape lighting and exit signs for buildings – System design, installation and operation’. Too often exit signs are installed incorrectly, subsequently altered and not maintained.

Building Compliance System

Various types of inspections under the building regulations (such as essential safety measures, BCA audits, due diligence audits or fire safety audits) undertaken by HENDRY building surveyors and Essential Property Services allow our staff to become aware of situations in a number of buildings that are unsafe for the occupants of a building.

While legislation concerning the maintenance of Essential Safety Measures around Australia does not allow for ‘directions’ to be used to force an existing building to comply with the current Building Code of Australia, a statutory authority (in most instances, the local council) can force the owner of an existing building to comply with current building regulations, usually via a building notice or similar instrument.

The following photographs depict various exit signs and directional exit signs originally located in bad positions, wrong positions, subsequently obscured or not maintained under the building regulations.


Building owners and tenants of these buildings may be at risk if someone relies on the exit signs in an emergency which results in confusion or worse. Civil litigation would easily reveal that the exit signs do not comply to current building regulations or safety standards (community expectations) when compared with the current BCA provisions and AS 2293.1-2005.

Building Legislation Table

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Fire Safety Compliance: Essential Safety Measures

Refer to our Essential Safety Measures Identification table for further information on individual Essential Safety Measures including the Annual Statement.

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