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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 Regulations 2018 and a consultative authority in accordance with the Residential Tenancies (Caravan Parks and Movable Registration and Standards) Regulations 2010.
Regulation 129 Report and Consent
In accordance with regulation 129 of the Building Regulations 2018, 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 129 of the Building Regulations 2018, 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 control centres or fire control rooms;
- fire precautions during constructions;
- fire mains;
- control valves;
- booster assemblies;
- emergency vehicle access;
- fire indicator panels
- 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 129 Consent
Building Regulation 129 (pre-application)
Apply for Consultation:
- Pre-application for Report and Consent under Building Regulation 129(1)(2)
- Pre-Fire Engineering Brief, Stakeholder Consultation (general advice only)
- Fire Engineering Brief, Stakeholder Consultation
How to apply for a Building Regulation 129 (pre-application):
- Complete Regulation 129 (pre-application) Fire Engineering Stakeholders Meeting Application Form PDF l Word version
- Forward application to email@example.com
Following the Bushfires in 2009 Building Regulations relating to water supply access for emergency vehicles and permits involving bushfire safety matters were introduced. These Regulations are:
- Regulation 160 - Water supply for fire fighting purposes
- Regulation 161 - Access for emergency vehicles
- Regulation 162 - 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 160 and/or 161 is not proposed to be met, the Chief Officers consent may be sought in accordance with Regulation 162. 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 162 Consent
- Complete Regulation 162 & 187 Chief Officers Consent & Report Application Form (PDF 248k) Word version (docx 269k)
- 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 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 or building inspector to conduct this work.
For further advice regarding other regulatory fire safety matters including fire safety within existing buildings, CFA recommends that you contact a registered building practitioner in the category of building surveyor or fire safety engineer or the relevant municipal building surveyor who will liaise with CFA if necessary.
All telephone enquiries can be directed through the Central Administration office on (03) 9262 8578.