The NSW Government has released proposed reforms to the Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000 which aim to improve fire safety in new and existing buildings. These reforms have been given special priority by the government in their response to the final report on the statutory review of the Building Professionals Act 2005, released in September 2016.
The proposed reforms have been developed by the Department of Planning and Environment and the Department of Finance, Services and Innovation, in conjunction with key stakeholders. The draft Environmental Planning and Assessment Amendment (Fire Safety and Building Certification) Regulation 2017 is now available to view and for industry and the public to provide comments and feedback.
The proposed changes cover a broad range of buildings, at various stages of construction, including the design, construction, pre-occupation and post-occupation stages.
The proposed reforms include:
These reforms will also require greater involvement of specialist practitioners to perform certain fire safety functions such as carrying out annual fire safety statement checks. Specialists will be regulated through a new accreditation framework, and a separate consultation process in relation to this aspect of the reforms will be conducted by the Department of Finance, Services and Innovation in early 2017.
To have your say, see the paper summarising the proposed reforms as well as the draft amendment Regulation on the Department of Planning and Environment’s consultation page.
Submissions must be received by 31 January 2017.
The Department of Planning and Environment and the Department of Finance Services and Innovation will review all submissions, which may result in further amendments to the Regulation. If required, we may conduct further consultation on any key issues identified. The final Regulation will be published on the NSW legislation website.