AUST – Essential Property Services advises property owners and managers of existing large buildings that they should make themselves aware of the local Fire Brigade’s guidelines on “Hard Standing and Vehicular Access Paving” for vehicular access for large isolated buildings which are nominated as essential safety measures and usually a requirement under a building permit. The purpose is to ensure that when fire appliances are deployed to a site the paving has sufficient strength for providing vehicular access and hard standing. Most states essential safety measures regulations nominate ‘vehicular access for large isolated buildings’ as an essential service/essential safety measure in the determination/ schedule.

The Building Code of Australia nominates in Clauses C2.3 Large isolated buildings and C2.4 Requirements for open spaces and vehicular access, the provision for vehicular access which ultimately becomes an essential safety measure upon completion of building works and subject to inspections for the Annual Statement.

The lack of such a surface around a building for vehicular access may severely affect the Fire Brigades activity, which in turn may be reported to an insurance company after a major incident occurs. If a poorly maintained surface is provided, and in the event of a major insurance claim being rejected by the insurance company after a fire has occurred, because of bad access to the building for the fire brigade in an emergency, this will certainly leave the building owner in a desperate situation, especially if they are served with a building notice or building order.

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