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Submission of fire safety certificates
When is a final fire safety certificate required?
A final fire safety certificate is required:

  • before an occupation certificate can be issued to allow a new building (including an altered portion of, or extension to, a new building) to be occupied or used; or
  • before an occupation certificate can be issued to allow a change of building use for an existing building; or
  • in accordance with a fire safety order given by a Council.

When is an interim fire safety certificate required?
An interim fire safety certificate is required before:

  • an interim occupation certificate can be issued to allow a partially completed new building (including an altered portion of, or an extension to, a new building) to be occupied or used, or
  • an interim occupation certificate can be issued to allow a change of building use for part of an existing building.

Signing on behalf of the Building Owner
A person signing the certificate of behalf of the owner of the building must have written authority of the owner. A copy of the written authority must be attached to the Fire Safety Certificate when it is submitted to Council.

Issue of final fire safety certificates
  • The owner of a building to which an essential fire safety measure is applicable must cause the Council to be given a final fire safety certificate for the building, prior to occupation;
  • Failure to give a final fire safety certificate to the council prior to occupation constitutes an offence for which on the spot infringement notices apply;
  • The assessment and inspection of an essential fire safety measure must have been carried out within the period of three months prior to the date on which the final fire safety certificate is issued;
  • The choice of person to carry out an assessment or inspection is up to the owner of the building;
  • The person who carries out an assessment must inspect and verify the performance of each fire safety measure being assessed and test the operation of each new item of equipment installed in the building premises that is included in the current fire safety schedule.

Issue of Interim Fire Safety Certificates
  • The owner of a building in which an essential fire safety measure is implemented must cause the council to be given an interim fire safety certificate for the measures specified in the current fire safety schedule for the building and prior to occupation of the building or part;
  • The assessment of the critical fire safety measure must have been carried out within the period of three months prior to the date on which the interim fire safety certificate is issued;
  • The choice of person to carry out an assessment or inspection is up to the owner of the building;
  • The person who carries out an assessment must inspect and verify the performance of each fire safety measure being assessed and test the operation of each new item of equipment installed in the building premises that is included in the current fire safety schedule.

Fire safety Schedule
The fire safety schedule for the building, as provided by the Principal Certifier, must be provided with the fire safety certificate for the building.

Notification of the fire safety certificate
As soon as practical after a final or interim fire safety certificate is issued, the owner of the building to which it relates:

  • must cause a copy of the certificate (together with a copy of the current fire safety schedule) to be given to the Commissioner, Fire & Rescue NSW, Locked Bag 12, Greenacre NSW 2190, and
  • must cause a further copy of the certificate (together with a copy of the current fire safety schedule) to be prominently displayed in the building.


Singleton Council
PO Box 314 Singleton NSW 2330
Ph: 02 6578 7290