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Annual Fire Safety Statements – 6 Key Questions Answered

Fire safety is a critical aspect of building management, ensuring the safety of occupants and the protection of property. In New South Wales, compliance with fire safety regulations is governed by the Fire Protection Regulation 2014.

Annual Fire Safety Statements are legal documents that confirm that essential fire safety measures within a building are being maintained and are operational. These measures are in place to safeguard occupants in the event of a fire and to prevent the spread of fire within the premises.

Here are 6 key questions asked about Annual Fire Safety Statements. The answers are based on information from the NSW Department of Planning, Industry, and Environment.

1. Who Needs To Submit Fire Safety Statements?

Fire Safety Statements are mandatory for various types of buildings, including residential, commercial, and industrial properties. Building owners or their appointed agents are responsible for submitting these statements annually to the local council and fire authorities.

2. When Should Annual Fire Safety Statements Be Submitted?

Annual Fire Safety Statements must be submitted annually, no later than the anniversary of the date of the Final Fire Safety Certificate or the previous statement. Timely submission is crucial to ensure ongoing compliance with fire safety regulations.

3. What Information Should Fire Statements Include?

Annual Fire Safety Statements should provide a comprehensive overview of the maintenance and functionality of essential fire safety measures within the building. This includes details on fire detection and alarm systems, emergency lighting, exit doors, fire hose reels, and more. The document serves as a declaration that all required measures have been inspected and are in proper working order.

4. Who Can Prepare And Issue Annual Fire Safety Statements?

Fire Safety Statements can be prepared by the building owner, a competent fire safety practitioner, or a person who has the relevant qualifications and experience in fire safety. However, the person preparing the statement must be independent and not associated with the day-to-day management of the building.

5. What Are The Penalties For Non-Compliance?

Failure to submit Annual Fire Safety Statements or providing false or misleading information can result in penalties. Building owners must be diligent in meeting their obligations to avoid legal consequences and, more importantly, to ensure the safety of building occupants.

6. How Can Building Owners Stay Informed About Annual Fire Safety Requirements?

Building owners are encouraged to stay informed about fire safety requirements by regularly checking the official resources provided by the New South Wales Department of Planning, Industry, and Environment. This includes updates on regulations, guidelines, and any changes in the submission process for Fire Safety Statements. Check the Department’s webpage on Fire Safety In Buildings.


Annual Fire Safety Statements are a fundamental aspect of building management in New South Wales, serving as a testament to the ongoing commitment to fire safety within a property. Understanding the requirements and obligations outlined in the frequently asked questions provided by the New South Wales Department of Planning, Industry, and Environment is crucial for building owners. Compliance not only ensures adherence to the law but, more importantly, contributes to the safety and well-being of those who inhabit and work within the building. Regular checks, timely submissions, and staying informed about updates in fire safety regulations are essential steps toward creating a secure environment and preventing the devastating impact of fires.

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