Changes to smoke alarm regulations
It is mandatory for alarms to be installed in:
- every storey of all homes and other shared accommodation buildings, including boarding houses and residential flat buildings, where people sleep
- moveable dwellings, including caravans, campervans, holiday vans, park van annexes and associated structures
A penalty infringement notice is applicable if no smoke alarm is installed within the premises or moveable dwelling. It is also an offence to interfere with or remove a smoke alarm unless it is for the purpose of maintenance or replacement of the smoke alarm.
Smoke alarms are simple and effective devices that can help save lives by providing building occupants with an early warning of the presence of a fire, giving them time to escape. Smoke alarms can also help reduce property damage through earlier fire brigade intervention.
What type of smoke alarms should be used?
All smoke alarms must comply with Australian Standard AS3786-1993 and can either be a:
- battery operated smoke alarm (ionisation or photoelectric types), with a hush button
- hardwired 240 Volts smoke alarm with battery backup (ionisation or photoelectric types).
You must have a licensed electrician install hardwired smoke alarms. Hardwired smoke alarms can be interlinked together so that they sound together.
Dwellings, alterations, and additions build since 1993 must have hardwired smoke alarms to comply with the Building Code of Australia.
Where should you install the smoke alarms?
Refer to the NSW Planning & Environment guidelines for more technical information on the required locations of smoke alarms.
Page last updated: 29 January 2016