Miscellaneous fire safety offences

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Fire safety notices



Clause 183 of the Environmental Planning & Assessment Regulation 2000 states:

1.      If:

a)      A building’s fire exit includes any fire-isolated stairway, passageway or ramp, and

b)      A notice in the form at the end of this clause is not at all times displayed in a conspicuous position adjacent to the doorway providing access to, but not within, that stairway, passageway or ramp, the occupier of the part of the premises adjacent to the stairway, passageway or ramp is guilty of an offence. Maximum penalty: 100 penalty units.

2.      The words ‘OFFENCE RELATING TO FIRE EXITS’ in the notice referred to in subclause (1)(b) must be in letters at least 8 millimetres high, and the remaining words must be in letters at least 2.5 millimetres high.

3.      A notice in the form prescribed under the Local Government Act 1919 or the Local Government Act 1993 for the purposes of a provision corresponding to this clause is taken to comply with the requirements of this clause.

OFFENCE RELATING TO FIRE EXITS

It is an offence under the Environmental Planning & Assessment Act 1979:

a)      To place anything in or near this fire exit that may obstruct persons moving to and from the exit, or

b)      To interfere with or obstruct the operation of any fire doors, or

c)       To remove, damage or otherwise interfere with this notice.

(Example of Notice)

Fire exits

Clause 184 of the Environmental Planning & Assessment Regulation 2000 states:

1.      A person must not:

a)      Place anything that may impede the free passage of persons:

o   In a stairway, passageway or ramp serving as or forming part of a building’s fire exit, or

o   In a path of travel leading to a building’s fire exit, or

b)      Interfere with, or cause obstruction or impediment to, the operation of any fire doors providing access to a stairway, passageway or ramp serving as or forming part of a building’s fire exit, or

c)       Removes, damages or otherwise interfere with a notice referred to in clause 183.

Maximum penalty: 100 penalty units.

Doors relating to fire exits

Clause 185 of the Environmental Planning & Assessment Regulation 2000 states:

1.      A person must not;

a)      Without lawful excuse, interfere with, or cause obstruction or impediment to, the operation of any door that:

o   Serves as or forms part of a building’s fire exit, or

o   Is situated in a path of travel leading to a building’s fire exit,

b)      Without lawful excuse, obstruct any doorway that:

o   Serves as or forms part of a building’s fire exit, or

o   Is situated in a path of travel leading to a building’s fire exit.

Maximum penalty:100 penalty units.

Paths of travel to fire exits

Clause 186 of the Environmental Planning & Assessment Regulation 2000 states:

1.      The owner of a building:

a)      Must ensure that:

o   Any stairway, passageway or ramp serving as or forming part of a building’s fire exit, and

o   Any path of travel leading to the building’s fire exit,

is kept clear of anything that may impede the free passage of persons, and

b)      Must ensure that the operation of any door that:

o   Serves as or forms part of a building’s fire exit,

o   Is situated in a path of travel leading to a building’s fire exit, has not been interfered with, or otherwise obstructed or impeded, except in a lawful excuse, and

c)       Must ensure that any notice required by clause 183 to be displayed is so displayed.

Maximum penalty: 100 penalty units. 

(Note: One penalty unit is currently $110.)