What happens if an owner doesn’t comply?

The municipal building surveyor or chief officer of the relevant fire brigade is responsible for the enforcement of these Regulations. Non-compliance may result in an infringement notice issued to the Fire Brigade up to $1,000, and furthermore, non-compliance may result in prosecution in which a fine may be imposed of $10,000 for an individual, or $50,000 for companies for each breech of regulations. More importantly, non-compliance could place not only building occupants at risk but also those of passer-by and the occupants of adjoining buildings. Adequate maintenance is the best means of ensuring that fire safety systems will operate reliably if an emergency arises.