Open Access Ramps2016-10-20T11:43:50+00:00

Open Access Ramps

The Building Code of Australia requires open access ramps or balconies for fire-isolated exits to be constructed in a specific way. Open access ramps or balconies for fire-isolated exits will be nominated by the building surveyor/building certifier in the essential safety measures schedule/ determination.

Building Code of Australia

In Part E2 Smoke Hazard Management, Table E2.2a General Provisions, sets out the provisions for smoke hazard management. Where open access ramps or balconies are provided to meet these requirements it must have ventilation openings that are unobstructed, evenly spaced and side enclosures have specific dimensional conditions.

The following photographs depict external balconies used as external open balconies as a path of travel to a fire isolated stairway.

The following is a part extract of clause I1.1 for an Essential Safety Measure (as appeared in BCA 2013) known as open access ramps or balconies for fire-isolated exits.


Safety MeasuresBCA Provision for Determining Standard of Performance
Open access ramps or balconies for fire-isolated exitsD2.19 to D2.23

Essential Safety Measures Audit – Open Access Ramps

An essential safety measures auditor to ensure fire safety compliance must be aware of the provisions set out in clause D2.5 (open access ramps or balconies for fire-isolated exits) of the Building Code of Australia. Any defects noted generally on open access ramps affecting clause D2.5 of the BCA must be nominated in the building’s essential safety measures logbook to allow the signing of the Annual Statement Annual Certificate Compliance, Annual Fire Safety Statement and Annual Maintenance Statement.