What is a Fire Order

    Fire orders are issued by Council or the NSW Fire Brigades. An order to upgrade your building can arise from four known scenarios: 

    • A fire occurs in the building.
    • Substantial work is proposed and a Development Application or S96 is lodged.
    • Council receives a complaint.
    • Random audit undertaken by the Council's Fire Safety Officer, a Council Building Surveyor or a NSW Fire Brigades. See section 121B (Order 6) of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979.

    Common Value-add Upgrades

    Common value-add upgrades include:

    • Voluntary fire & safety upgrades
    • Accessibility upgrades to AS1428.1
    • Improved energy efficiency and running costs
    • Refurbishment of landscape, lobbies, and common areas
    • Additional units, or car parking spaces
    • New rooftop terrace

      Common Fire & Safety Upgrades

      Common signs that your building may need a fire & safety upgrade:

      • Balustrades & railings seem low
      • A small child could climb or squeeze through balustrade openings
      • Exit strategy is not clear
      • Emergency lights not provided to stairs
      • Only one mean of egress for buildings over 25 metres high
      • Long distances to egress
      • No fire sprinklers
      • Obstacles or tight corridors
      • No fire separation of roof voids
      • Poor or missing fire insulation where services pass through fire walls or floors
      • Battery operated smoke detectors
      • Stairs or ramps seem steep, unsafe, irregular, or slippery
      • Combustible exit stairs and floor covering
      • Floors not leveled
      • Doors in exit path do not swing in direction of egress
      • Generally low light levels
      • Apartment entry doors not self closing or fire-rated
      • Doors are chocked/held open
      • Concrete cancer