Brisbane QLD – 7 January 2019
Different smoke alarm legislation applies depending on whether you are an owner occupier of the property in question or whether you are leasing the property in question.
Also the age of the property is a factor with QLD legislation stating a number of compulsory smoke alarm requirements for new buildings or substantially renovated buildings where the building application was submitted from 1st January 2017 onwards. This is the case for all properties owner occupied, leased or selling. The national construction code should ensure applicable buildings and renovations comply.
There is a stipulation in the current legislation that by 1st January 2027 smoke alarms are mandatory in all dwellings, even those that are owner occupied.
For owner occupied dwellings we strongly urge that smoke alarms are installed under the current building guidelines. However, the focus of legislation at the moment is around rental properties.
Rental properties absolutely must have smoke alarms on every level of the dwelling and in any areas that connect the bedrooms to the rest of the dwelling. Also, the alarms must be maintained in accordance with the current legislation.
It is worth checking how smoke alarm compliance at your property effects your insurance policy.
Regardless of when the different phases of law kick in, we recommend the following to protect all property stakeholders:
Every residential dwelling should have enduring power source, photo-electric and interconnected smoke alarms on every level of the dwelling, as well as areas that connect bedrooms to the rest of the dwelling, as well as in every bedroom. This will provide an excellent early warning system in case of a fire.