Development Assessment Service

The SA Country Fire Service (CFS) which is also referred to as the "Fire Authority" is a volunteer based fire and emergency service dedicated to protecting life, property and the environmental in both regional rural and urban interface areas covering more than 90% of the geographic area of South Australia.

With approximately 13,500 volunteers and 110 staff, CFS provides a range of fire and emergency services to more than 434 communities across South Australia. One of these services found within the Development Assessment Service deals with built environment matters.

The Development Assessment team is made up of two sections, Residential and Commercial. The Residential team is concerned with the siting and construction of a dwelling. Enquiries can be made on 08 8391 6077.  The Commercial team has responsibilities for Class 2 to 9 type buildings that generally have a floor area are greater than 500m2.

The Commercial team consists of 2 Fire Safety Officers whose role is to work in accordance with the Development Act 1993 with special focus on the referral process required under Development Regulations 28(3) and 83(4) in regards to fire safety systems. The Officers also conduct inspections of hospitals and aged care facilities for fire and life safety matters and represents the Fire Authority as a member of  Building Fire Safety Committees for 40 local councils.

The flow chart below is aimed to assist you through with the referral process.

Please contact the Development Assessment Service on 08 8391 6077 or on das@cfs.sa.gov.au if you have any questions.

  Start    
Step One   Will the development require referral to the South Australian Country Fire Service (SACFS)?
Step Two : Initial Meeting - Request using Request for Meeting (DSA 06) Initial Meeting
Request using Request for Meeting (DSA 06)
Step Three

Is Fire Engineering Brief (FEB) required?

If the proposals are more than a minor non-compliance of the DTS provision of the NCC, then a formal Fire Engineering Brief process is to be followed, including the following:

  • A Fire Engineering Brief (FEB) is to be prepared and submitted to the CFS.
  • A FEB meeting is to be held between the CFS and all stakeholders involved in the building project.
  • Minutes from the FEB meeting are to be prepared and provided to the CFS for review and in-principle support of the issues discussed (as appropriate). This will allow the consultant fire engineer to proceed with the detailed analysis and subsequent fire engineering report.

In some cases, a concept design meeting between the CFS and stakeholders may also be of benefit, such as where the issues are considered to be complex or worthy of detailed preliminary discussions. This would occur prior to the preparation of the FEB document and the FEB meeting, but it would not replace the FEB stage of the process.

Relevant design drawings should be submitted to the CFS along with the FEB documentation.

It is recommended that the FEB report be submitted to the CFS at least ten business days prior to the FEB meeting being held, thus allowing CFS officers the opportunity to give consideration to the proposals before the meeting. If the FEB is submitted less than ten days before the meeting it may not be possible for the CFS to provide comprehensive advice during the meeting.

Is Fire Engineering Brief (FEB) required? Determined at initial meeting.
Step Four : FEB provided to CFS FEB provided to CFS
Step Five : FEB Meeting. Request using Request for Meeting (DSA 06) FEB Meeting. Request using Request for Meeting (DSA 06)
Step Six

Development Regulations 2008 – Section 28 (3)

If a relevant authority, in assessing an application for building rules consent, considers that:-

  1. a proposed alternative solution within the meaning of the Building Code required assessment against a performance requirement of the Building Code which provides for fire fighting operations of a fire authority; or
  2. the proposed development is at variance with a performance requirement of the Building Code which provides for fire fighting operations of a fire authority; or
  3. special problems for fire fighting could arise due to hazardous conditions of a kind described in Section E of the Building Code,

then the relevant authority must refer the application to the relevant fire authority for comment and report unless the fire authority indicates to the relevant authority that a referral is not required.

Specifications, FER, drawings and Request for Reg (28) Report submitted to CFS. Use Application for a Reg 28(3) Report
Step Seven

On the receipt of all the required information and under Development Regulations 2008 Section 28 (4) - the fire authority has 20 business days to respond. If during the review of the application more information is required or information is found to be missing then the legislated 20 business days response period will recommence from the receipt of this additional information.

  CFS provide Reg 28 (3) report
CONSTRUCTION UNDERTAKEN CONSTRUCTION UNDERTAKEN CONSTRUCTION UNDERTAKEN CONSTRUCTION UNDERTAKEN
Step Eight

Application for a Regulation 83 (4) fire authority report

When is it required?

A fire authority report must be sought by the relevant authority (council or private certifier) to granting a certificate of occupancy when a building:

  • is equipped with a booster assembly, or
  • will have a fire alarm installed that transmits a signal to an a approved monitoring service, and facilities for fire detection, fire fighting, or the control of smoke are installed
Does the building require CFS commissioning?
Step Nine: Request for commissioning submitted using Application for a Reg 83(4) Report (DSA 08)

Application for a Regulation 83 (4) fire authority report

A fire authority report must be sought by the relevant authority (council or private certifier) to granting a certificate of occupancy when a building:

  • is equippped with a booster assembly, or
  • will have a fire alarm installed that transmits a signal to an a approved monitoring service, and facilities for fire detection, fire fighting, or the control of smoke are installed
  Request for commissioning submitted using Application for a Reg 83(4) Report (DSA 08)
Step Ten : CFS issues a Reg 83 (4) Report   CFS issues a Reg 83 (4) Report
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