Smoke Alarm Changes January 1, 2017

It has come to our attention that new smoke alarm requirements will be introduced to the Building Regulation 2006 and will come into force on January 1, 2017.    Unlike the QFES legislation being introduced about smoke alarms, this legislation will affect building approval issued after January 1, 2017.

As of January 1, 2017 a building application for a new dwelling or alterations to dwelling must address the following new smoke alarm requirements:

  • Smoke alarms must be photoelectric (AS 3786-2014); and
  • Smoke alarms must not also contain an ionisation sensor; and
  • Smoke alarms must be hardwired to the mains power supply with a secondary power source (i.e. battery); and
  • Smoke alarms must be interconnected with every other smoke alarm in the dwelling so all activate together.