CFA has general responsibilities for the prevention and suppression of building fires in accordance with the CFA Act 1958.
However, CFA is also a statutory reporting authority in accordance with the Building Interim Regulations 2017 and a consultative authority in accordance with the Residential Tenancies (Caravan Parks and Movable Registration and Standards) Regulations 2010.
Regulation 309 Consent
In accordance with regulation 109 of the Building Interim Regulations 2017, the Building Code of Australia (BCA) is adopted by and forms part of the regulations. The BCA sets the minimum requirements for building construction.
In accordance with regulation 309 of the Building Interim Regulations 2017, if any of the following prescribed fire safety matters do not meet the deemed-to-satisfy provisions of the BCA (i.e. are proposed to be less than the minimum requirements) the Consent of the Chief Officer must be obtained prior to a Building Permit being issued.
- fire hydrants
- fire hose reels
- fire control centres or fire control rooms;
- fire precautions during constructions;
- fire mains;
- control valves;
- booster assemblies;
- emergency vehicle access;
- fire indicator panels
- proscenium curtain drencher systems;
- fire services controls in passenger lift cars;
It should be noted that the Chief Officer is not obligated to Consent and Delegated Officers in CFA Region offices assess each application on its merits.
How to apply for a regulation 309 Consent
- Complete Regulation 309 & 1003 Chief Officers Consent & Report Application Form (PDF 392k) | Word version (docx 102k)
- Forward application to CFA via email or post (contact details are included on the application form).
On 1 September 2009, the Building Amendment (Bushfire Construction) Further Interim Regulations 2009 were introduced. These amendments to the Building Regulations 2006 effectively introduced three new regulations.
- Regulation 808 - Water supply for fire fighting purposes
- Regulation 809 - Access for emergency vehicles
- Regulation 309A - Requirements for permits involving bushfire safety matters
These regulations only relate to Class 1a buildings proposed to be constructed on the same allotment as a Class 1a buildings that was destroyed in the bushfires between 1 January 2009 and 31 March 2009.
If regulation 808 and/or 809 is not proposed to be met, the Chief Officers consent may be sought in accordance with regulation 309A. It should be noted that the Chief Officer is not obligated to Consent and Delegated Officers in CFA Region offices assess each application on its merits.
How to apply for a regulation 309A Consent
- Complete Regulation 309A & 1003 Chief Officers Consent & Report Application Form (PDF 375k) | Word version (DOCX 626k)
- Forward application to the relevant CFA Region office (contact details are included on the last page of the application form).
General Fire Safety Inspections
The Chief Officer has the power to inspect existing buildings and identify any issues associated with maintenance of essential safety measures and recommend fire safety elements are upgrade or modified.
Typically these inspections are programmed based on risk and resource allocation and coordinated proactively in conjunction with Council Municipal Building Surveyors.
Business Owners requiring a fire safety inspection to review essential safety measures are recommended to engage a suitably qualified building practitioner in the category of a Building Surveyor of Building Inspector to conduct this work.
For further advice regarding regulatory fire safety matters, CFA recommends that you contact a registered building practitioner in the category of Building Surveyor or Fire Safety Engineer in the first instance.
Additional concerns in relation to general fire safety matters in existing buildings may be reported to the Fire Safety Officer at your local CFA Region office.
For more information, contact the Fire Safety section at CFA HQ or the Fire Safety Officer at your local CFA Region office.