Building Fire Safety Committee

It is part of Council's role to investigate whether building owners are maintaining proper levels of fire safety in their buildings for the protection of all occupiers.

Image of a fire extinguisher signLocal Government plays an important role in protecting the ongoing safety of building occupiers and users through the provisions of the Development Act 1993, including the establishment and implementation of a Building Fire Safety Committee.

Section 71 of the Act establishes the power for council's to investigate whether building owners are maintaining proper levels of fire safety in their buildings for the protection of all occupiers, whether they be residents and workers who use them regularly, or clients and visitors who only use them occasionally.

An ‘authorised officer’ from a council can inspect existing buildings to check if the fire safety is adequate. If not, a Building Fire Safety Committee, as an ‘appropriate authority’ under the act, can take action to require the owner to upgrade the fire safety of the building to an appropriate level.

For more information, download: Building Fire Safety Committee Terms of Reference.