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Annual Fire Safety Statement (AFSS)

Last modified: November 8, 2019
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In New South Wales, it is a requirement for the AFSS to be submitted annually to the local Council and the NSW Fire Brigade as proof the Essential Fire Safety Measures within a building have been maintained to Australian Standards and Regulations over the past 12 months as installed.

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  • Property

Description

The annual fire safety statement is a document issued each year by the building owner or their agent. The statement documents the assessment and inspection of each existing essential fire safety measure and the exit systems serving the building. It also certifies that each of the measures is capable of performing to an appropriate standard (specified in the fire safety schedule for the building).

The AFSS must be submitted annually to the local Council and the NSW Fire Brigade as proof the Essential Fire Safety Measures within a building have been maintained to Australian Standards and Regulations over the past 12 months as installed.

There are two types of fire safety statements, annual and supplementary. 

Associated Documents

Fire safety schedule

  • From Planning NSW Govt FAQ: A fire safety schedule specifies each of the essential fire safety measures that apply to a building, such as portable fire extinguishers, sprinklers etc. The essential fire safety measures installed will vary for each building.  The schedule also specifies the minimum standard of performance to which each of the measures must be designed, installed and capable of operating.  The owner must also provide a copy of the current fire safety schedule when lodging the fire safety statement to FRNSW

Internal Compliance

This is a regulatory requirement for commercial building owners in NSW, Australia. 

External Compliance

Under WHS Duty of care, leaseholders often ask their landlords for this certificate. 

Also known as

We haven’t heard of them being referred to as anything else yet.

Variants

The supplementary fire safety statement covers the maintenance of critical fire safety measures that must be done more frequently (e.g. every 6 months)

2nd level attributes

None that we are aware of yet.

Renewal or Maintenance Frequency

  • Yearly
  • Six monthly for critical fire safety measures listed on the fire safety schedule

Geographic Relevance

New South Wales, Australia

Relevant Acts, Regulations and Standards

  • Building Act: Environmental Planning and Assessment Act
  • Building Regulation: Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulations

Useful Links

Fire and Safety NSW

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