DFES’ role in fire safety advice and assessment

DFES provides advice to building surveyors/certifiers and other fire safety practitioners to ensure plans for construction of new commercial and industrial buildings in Western Australia comply with the fire safety sections of the National Construction Code (NCC) and the FES Commissioner’s operational requirements.

Through its Built Environment Branch (BEB), DFES:
Assessment of buildings

Fire safety operational requirements

To comply with Building Regulations 2012 18B(1), a building surveyor must provide plans and specifications for the building in sufficient detail to allow assessment of compliance with the FES Commissioner’s operational requirements. The plans and submissions must be provided at least 15 business days before signing a certificate of design compliance in respect of a Class 2 to Class 9 building.

Proposing a fire engineered performance solution

Where fire engineering performance solutions are proposed, it is recommended that  recognised fire engineering guidelines are followed (such as the IFEG).  A Fire Engineering Brief (FEB) should be lodged, followed by the required Fire Engineering Report (FER) with the building plan assessment documentation.

For more information, please refer to the following publications:

Prior to completing the documentation, DFES encourages a meeting with our fire engineers to discuss proposed solutions. This is especially important for complex fire safety strategies and systems.

Request a meeting

Preparing and lodging your documentation

For guidance on preparing your building plans and specifications for assessment, please refer to the Built Environment Branch publications. Here you will find:

  • FES Commissioner’s operational requirements guidelines;
  • DFES BEB guidelines;
  • Special operations guidance notes; and
  • Technical notes.

For information on lodging your documentation, please refer to the Guideline GL-07 submission of documents to DFES for assessment. This outlines:

  • How to lodge documents with DFES
  • Required plans and specifications; and
  • Definitions.
Submit an application

Please note: Documents uploaded after 2pm will be processed the following business day


All Regulation and Compliance publications

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Operational Requirements Guidelines (ORG)

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Technical Notes

View technical notes

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