The Fire Safety (Fire Certificate) (Designated Buildings) Order and Section 20 of the Fire Safety Act contains the following definitions:
- Public Building1
- has an occupant load of more than 200 persons
- Industrial Building
- has an occupant load of at least 1, 000 persons;
- has a floor area2 or site area of at least 5, 000 square metres; or
- exceeds 24 metres in habitable height
- Private Residential Building
- exceeds 24 metres in habitable height; and
- is, or is required to be installed with any of the following:
- a wet riser system;
- an automatic fire alarm system; or
- a sprinkler system.
- Designated Engineered Timber Buildings
- An engineered timber building (whether industrial or residential or used or intended to be used for any other purpose) installed with –
- an automatic fire alarm system;
- an automatic sprinkler system;
- an automatic smoke control system; or
- any other automatic fire detection or suppression system intended to detect or control a fire automatically.
1A Public building refers to a building –
- used as a hospital or a nursing home;
- used ordinarily or occasionally to provide residential care to aged persons or child care for groups of children;
- used wholly or mainly as or in connection with a hotel, shop or restaurant; or
- where the public or any part thereof or numbers of persons occasionally or regularly assemble for —
- civic or social (but not religious or educational) purposes;
- entertainment, recreational or sporting purposes; or
- business purposes;
2Refers to the total cumulative area of all buildings within the same development/premises.
The FC Scheme ensures the proper maintenance and good working condition of fire protection systems. These systems should be tested in accordance with the relevant codes of practice.