Capital development guidelines

The Guidelines are titled the Capital Development Guidelines - Series 7 and numbered from 7.1 to 7.12. They outline the department's policy, procedures and processes to manage the risks to life due to fire in certain types of buildings or facilities that are owned, managed or funded by the department.

The purpose of these Guidelines is to provide appropriate levels of fire safety for staff, clients and other occupants of a building subject to the Guidelines, in part by providing for appropriately accredited professionals, such as Fire Safety Engineers, Building Surveyors and Building Inspectors, to audit and assess fire risk, recommend steps to minimise fire risk, and to assess and report on acceptable standards of fire safety, in specific settings.

The use of the Guidelines is subject to the following:

  • The Guidelines do not constitute all of the possible fire safety matters that could apply to a specific situation, but are provided for assistance in determining appropriate fire safety measures. It is up to individuals acting with appropriate professional advice to determine their application to particular situations.
  • Guidelines CDG 7.3 to CDG 7.12 must only be used for purposes within the range set out in the Introduction section at the start of each document.

In addition to the fire safety requirements and standards in the Guidelines, owners, occupiers and operators of facilities and buildings may be subject to various other statutory, common law and contractual obligations. They should seek advice, including legal advice, on the existence and scope of these obligations.

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