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Essential Safety Measures Maintenance

Owners of commercial and accommodation buildings of Class 2-9 must maintain all Essential Safety Measures that are installed in a building.

Essential Safety Measures include: Building of Class 2-9 are:
  • Fire hydrants
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Fire hose reels
  • Emergency lighting and exit signs
  • Smoke detection systems
  • Fire sprinkler systems
  • Paths of travel to exits
  • Exit doors
  • Multi-storey buildings
  • Dwelling units
  • Motels
  • Guest house
  • Offices
  • Shops
  • Warehouses
  • Factories
  • Hospitals
  • Public buildings
  • Schools

If your building was constructed or altered after 1 July, 1994, all essential safety measures will be listed on your Occupancy Permit. This permit will also detail the level and frequency required for this maintenance.

For buildings constructed before 1 July, 1994, any essential safety measure installed in the building must be maintained to ensure it functions properly.

The Victorian Building Authority’s Essential Safety Measures Maintenance Manual sets out all the requirements and responsibilities of property owners.

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