Fire Detection Panel

Fire detection panel. Credit: Niamh Lowe Heritage NSW

7. Fire safety detection and alarm systems

Fire safety detection and alarm systems

This exemption is for upgrading or installing fire safety detection or alarm systems.

Examples of typical activities/works include:

  • rewiring of heat or smoke detectors
  • upgrade of a fire panel
  • upgrade of evacuation lighting
  • installing an alarm system to warn people of an emergency

Upgrading or installing fire suppression systems, such as sprinklers is not permissible under this exemption. For fire suppression systems you will need an approval through Heritage NSW.

Standard Exemption 7: Fire safety detection and alarm systems

General conditions (see page 6 of Government Gazette) apply to the use of all Standard Exemptions and must be complied with. 

The following specified activities/works to an item do not require approval under subsection 57(1) of the Heritage Act 1977 if the specified activities/works are undertaken in accordance with each of the relevant standards prescribed below.

Specified activities/works:

  1. Upgrade to, or installation of, a fire safety detection and alarm system. Note: this exemption does not apply to fire suppression systems (for example sprinklers).

Relevant standards:

  1. Fire safety system elements must not obscure, affix to, penetrate, remove or otherwise damage significant fabric.
  2. The specified activities/works must not impact landscape values or obstruct significant views to and from the item.
  3. Fire safety system elements must not unnecessarily obscure significant fabric, limit access to significant fabric for future maintenance, exacerbate the decay of significant fabric or risk the destruction of significant fabric due to chemical incompatibility.
  4. Reuse of existing fixing points in significant fabric is permitted.
  5. Any fire safety system elements must be:
    1. not attached to primary fa├žade(s);
    2. grouped with existing services where possible;
    3. consolidated with existing conduits where possible;
    4. discreetly located to reduce negative visual impact while maintaining the need for easy identification and access.
  6. Fire safety system elements must be able to be later removed without damage to the significant fabric of the item.