New South Wales Smoke Alarm Legislation
As of the 1st of May 2006, all buildings where people sleep must have a smoke alarm installed on every level of the home that meet AS3786 (AS3786:2014 is the latest variation of this standard).
There must be a smoke alarm on all levels of your home, even if there are no bedrooms located on that level.
- Ensure smoke alarms are tested, are operational annually and replaced every 10 years
- Ensure as soon as they are made aware of that smoke alarm that is not working are replaced/repaired within 2 business days
- Ensure the smoke alarms batteries are replaced annually
- Inform landlords when there is an issue with the smoke alarm as soon as possible
- It is recommended tenants test smoke alarm at least once every 6 months
Homes built after 1st of August 1997 require hard wired smoke alarms installed in the property and any residential property that undergo any major renovations requiring a permit, must have a minimum of one smoke alarm on each level connected to mains power.
Homes built before 1st of August 1997 may use hard wired or battery-operated smoke alarms that comply with AS3786:2014. Where possible, smoke alarms should be connected to mains powered and interconnected for ideal fire protection. It is recommended that battery operated smoke alarms should have a 10-year sealed lithium battery.
All properties built after the 1st of May 2014 or have undergone major renovations, or extensions must have smoke alarms that are connected to 240 mains power and be interconnected (where there is more than one) so that when one sounds, they all sound.
Private garages that are attached to a home and/or are located beneath a garage top dwelling (a dwelling built above a private garage. This could be a home occupied by the owners of the garage, or not)
The heat alarm must:
- Be located on or near the ceiling
- Comply is AS1603.3
- Be mains powered by the same source as the garage top dwelling (the building or residence above the private garage, whether it is associated with the garage or not)
- Be Interconnected to the Garage top dwelling smoke alarms.
Garage top dwellings with heat alarms installed, whether they are associated (owned by the occupier) or not require a notice in prominent locations to inform occupants that the connected garage has heat alarms installed.
Caravans are required to have at least one working smoke alarm within the Motorhome or Caravan.
Class 1b building (guest houses, boarding houses) must have a smoke alarm that is mains powered or powered by a non-removable 10-year lithium battery.
Information is correct as of January 2024. Details may change without notice. Please refer to the specific State websites for any changes.
Follow these links for more information on the New South Wales Smoke Alarm Legislation:
Battery powered Smoke alarms
The following smoke alarms can be used in properties and rental properties requiring a smoke alarm, that don’t already have 240mains powered smoke alarms.
Heat Alarms For Garages
The following heat alarm can be used in garages of new and existing buildings and interconnected to Lifesaver smoke alarms. The LIF6000WIRM can be used to wirelessly interconnect the heat alarm with smoke alarms where required.
Battery powered Smoke alarms
The following smoke alarms are ideal for use in caravans or mobile homes.
Wireless Solutions for Smoke Alarms
In older properties where interconnection is required but wired interconnection cannot be achieved, the following smoke alarms and accessories may be considered.
Wireless controllers for wireless smoke alarms
Other Safety Options
For more information about what smoke alarms you will need for your property, speak with your electrician or enter your details and one of our team will contact you.