Building & Surrounds

Building and Surrounds

As required by the Director of Building Control, undertake an annual inspection to ensure that unobstructed access to buildings and fire fighting facilities are maintained.

Ref: BCA C2.3 and C2.4

What is the size of the building ? gross floor area m2

What is the Class of the building as defined by Building Surveyor Audits ? Class 5 = Office - Professional or Commercial purposes Class 6 = Shop or Catering Class 9b = Assembly building for educational purposes Buildings may have multiple classes.
How many storeys does the building have ?

Is the building closer than 6m to another building ?

Whats is the distance between the buildings ? ?m

Buildings with a floor area greater than 500m2 must have a fire hydrant system installed if a Fire Brigade is available to attend a building fire. Does this building have a hydrant and hose-reel system installed ?

Does the building have a Fire Appliance Booster Connection ?

Details of the location of the booster:

Is there a clearway for a Fire Brigade Appliance to connect to the booster and for Brigade operators to move around the appliance without hinderance ?

Does the building surrounds have adequate clearance to allow a Fire Brigade Appliance to drive to and connect to all external hydrants ?

Add drawing

Is all vegetation trimmed to allow adequate visibility of the external hydrants and connection if and when required ?

Add drawing

Do all the external hydrants and fire plugs have adequate signage, labelling, post identifiers etc ?

Is the external hydrant (most likely to be used by the brigade) a minimum of 10m away from the building ?

Does the hydrant have a heat and flame protection wall installed to protect hose operators when connecting and disconnecting to and from the hydrant ?
If No add corrective action below.

Large Isolated Buildings

Open Space around Large Isolated Buildings

A Large Isolated Building is one that:
- Exceeds 18,000 m2 in floor area or 108,000 m3 in volume; or
- 2 buildings, if closer than 6m to each other are regarded as one building.

Is the building larger than 18,000m2 ?

Is the building capable of providing continuous access for emergency vehicles to enable travel in a forward direction from a public road around the entire building ?

Note: a public road may serve as the vehicular access or part thereof.

Does the building have a minimum unobstructed width of 6m with no part of the clearance area being more than 18m from the building, and with no part of the 6m width built upon or used for any purpose other than vehicular or pedestrian movement ?

Does the space provide reasonable pedestrian access from the vehicular access to the building ?

Does the road have a load bearing capacity and unobstructed height to permit the operation and passage of Fire Brigade vehicles ?

Ensure all elements of section 2 Buildings and Surrounds have been completed then sign off the audit.

Sign Off Section
Select the name of the person signing off this audit:

id Other Person , add name in the space below and select "Sign"

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Please note that this checklist is a hypothetical example and provides basic information only. It is not intended to take the place of, among other things, workplace, health and safety advice; medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment; or other applicable laws. You should also seek your own professional advice to determine if the use of such checklist is permissible in your workplace or jurisdiction.