Fire and Rescue NSW will have stronger powers to increase fire safety in NSW buildings next year.
✅ Increased call-in powers to now require review of all building proposals with performance solutions relating to fire safety systems
✅ Call-in powers earlier at the building design stage for all buildings with fire safety performance solutions
✅ Certifiers will need to give written notice if not adopting our recommendations at final inspection
✅ Improved clarity on timeframes for processing applications for advice
The Environmental Planning and Assessment (Development Certification and Fire Safety) Amendment (Fire Safety) Regulation 2022 approved and published last week (https://lnkd.in/gJEnJnia) takes a major step with these and other enhancements to improve fire safety in buildings in NSW.
These changes will significantly improve the scope and scale of the role of #FRNSW in the building design and construction process and will further deliver on the recommendations of the Building Confidence Report and the work of the NSW Fire Safety Working Group.
With these increased powers due to start in 2023, we have been growing our Fire Safety Branch in preparation. Over the last two years we have added more than 20 full-time Engineers, Buildings Surveyors, Administrative staff, and senior fire officers to our team. We’ll be recruiting the industry’s best talent again in 2023 to keep up with increased workloads.
Thanks to our Fire Safety team, stakeholders and industry experts who have championed and supported these important regulatory reforms to improve the safety of our community and our firefighters: David Chandler OAM, Michael Lambert, John Tansey PSM, Matt Press, Helen Ting, Bronwyn Weir, Steven Hayes, David Felton AFSM, Jamie Vistnes, Stephan Netting, Daire Fleming, James O’Carroll, Matthew Rowley, Michael Jay, Ross Binfield, Michelle Trajkovski, et al.