Building fire safety systems are listed on a building’s schedule of Essential Safety Provisions (ESPs). Ongoing compliance of a building requires the regular maintenance of these systems, in line with Australian Standards 1851, to ensure their continued and satisfactory operation for the life of the building. In South Australia, maintenance of ESPs is required to be conducted in accordance with Ministerial Building Standard 002, which can be found on the State Government PlanSA website.
Building owners must submit a Form 3 – ESP Maintenance Verification notice at the start of each calendar year to the local Council, as the authority having jurisdiction for compliance of buildings in their gazetted area. As such, matters concerning the maintenance of fire safety systems should be directed to the local Council. Determination of your local Council and their contact details can be found via the Local Government Association website.