New South Wales Legislation
To enhance safety and minimise loss-of-life in building fires, the NSW Parliament enacted the Building Legislation Amendment (Smoke Alarms) Act 2005. Smoke alarms in buildings providing sleeping accommodation requires:
(a) Installation of one or more smoke alarms in buildings in which persons sleep.
(b) The maintenance of smoke alarms installed in such buildings.
(c) Prohibiting persons from removing or interfering with the operation of smoke alarms installed in such buildings.
The Legislation refers to residential accommodation across NSW and requires under Division 186B that a smoke alarm ‘must be functioning’ and must comply with the requirements of Australian Standard 3786:2015 specifications and must be Scientific Services Laboratory (SSL) listed. SSL is part of the Federal Government Analytical Laboratories. The landlord is responsible to ensure that smoke alarms are installed and maintained in the residential premises in accordance with section 146A of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979.
Smoke alarm maintenance is governed by both State and Federal legislation and any person who does not comply with the relevant legislation is guilty of an offence.
Landlords who fail to take every practical step to ensure the safety of their tenants can face a multitude of unpleasant and unwanted consequences that, with the right guidance, can be easily avoided. As a Property Manager, Landlords entrust you with one of their greatest investments, which is a sizeable responsibility to shoulder. Here at Smoke Alarm Solutions, we aim to ease the burden in ensuring that your properties are compliant. Simply and efficiently.
Landlords must ensure that their rental property is properly fitted with the required number of working smoke alarms, complying with the Australian Standard (3786:2015), and that they are installed as outlined in the Building Code of Australia (BCA) part 22.214.171.124. This legislation is applicable to all states of Australia.