Smoke alarm laws
Western Australia's Building Regulations 2012 (the Regulations) require the owner of a dwelling to have compliant smoke alarms installed:
- prior to the sale or transfer of ownership;
- where a dwelling is rented under a residential tenancy agreement or made available for such rental; and
- where a dwelling is made available for hire.
Building and Energy have the following publications availble on the current smoke alarm requirements:
Smoke alarm location
Check the diagrams for example locations in the Smoke Alarm Fact Sheet. The Building Code of Australia (Volume Two of the National Construction Code Series for residential buildings) sets out the technical requirements for smoke alarms. You can register online to view the National Construction Code on the Australian Building Codes Board website at www.abcb.gov.au, or alternatively engage the services of a registered building surveying contractor or local government that provides this service. Check whether a building surveying contractor is registered on our 'Find a registered services provider' webpage.
Smoke alarms, smoke alarm maintenance, fire safety around the home
Department of Fire and Emergency Services 9395 9816 or www.dfes.wa.gov.au
Building Act 2011 Building Regulations 2012
Parliamentary Counsel’s Office www.legislation.wa.gov.au
Australian Standard for residential smoke alarms – AS 3786
Refer to the BCA for the relevant edition of AS 3786 that applies to your dwelling at the time of installation of the smoke alarms. Your local government may have a copy of the Standard that you can view at their front counter or library, or you can purchase a copy from SAI Global at www.saiglobal.com. The Standard can also be viewed at the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety library in Cannington.
Information about Statutory Declarations is available on the Department of Justice website www.courts.dotag.wa.gov.au.
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