Certain buildings, excluding houses and associated out building (class 1a & 1b) are required to have essential safety provisions installed. The Council or other relevant authority must advise the owner of a building of the essential safety provisions and maintenance standards required for that building upon granting provisional building rules consent, upon a change in classification of the building or upon application of the owner. The owner of the building must then provide the Council with a certificate of compliance for each essential safety provision (for larger and complex buildings see Schedule 17 of the Development Act).
As soon as practicable after the end of each calendar year the building owner may be required, depending upon the building classification and size of the building, to provide proof to the Council that adequate maintenance and testing has been carried out in respect of all essential safety provisions. Building owners must not use or permit the use of a building unless the appropriate maintenance and testing of essential safety provisions has been carried out.
Purchasers of new buildings should contact the Council to seek advice on the required safety provisions for their building.