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Understanding FENZ approval

Who is FENZ?

FENZ’s (Fire Emergency New Zealand) objectives are to reduce the incidence of unwanted fires and the associated risks to life and property as well as protect and preserve, prevent or limit injuries, damage to property and the environment in accordance with the Fire Emergency New Zealand Act 2017 (Act).

What is a Building Evacuation Scheme?

During their inspections, our Certifiers may request a copy of your Emergency Response Plan – this plan covers all likely emergency scenarios; for example, earthquake, tsunami, LPG leak etc. In contrast, a Building Evacuation Scheme is only related to what to do in the event of a fire.

What are the responsibilities of building owners?

Building owners must ensure their buildings, including temporary buildings, comply with the Act and the Fire and Emergency New Zealand (Fire Safety, Evacuation Procedures and Evacuation Schemes) Regulations 2018 (Regulations) by having evacuation procedures – and in some cases evacuation schemes – in place for the safe, prompt and efficient evacuation of occupants.

A building’s evacuation procedure must be summarised in clear, distinct and legible notices as detailed in the Regulations. We recommend including a copy of your site plan and inventory.

Our Certifiers will check for evidence (when it is needed) that a PCBU has submitted a Building Evacuation Scheme to FENZ. The evidence of sending the plan is sufficient because in many cases FENZ may choose to not reply.

What happens if you apply twice for approval of your Building Evacuation Scheme?

Your second application cancels your first approval or application. We advise you to call to find out whether your Building Evacuation Scheme has been approved by FENZ.

How do I apply for my Building Evacuation Scheme to be approved by FENZ?


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