Fire Door Regulations & other statutory signage requirements

We can advise on Fire Door regulations and other Statutory requirements for buildings.  Whether for an existing building being refurbished, or a new development under construction, we provide advice on the signs needed to comply with the Building Code of Australia (BCA), relevant Ausralian Standard, or other egulations.

Developers and Builders may also wish to take advantage of our free and obligation free service by providing us with a set of plans from which we draw up a schedule of the statutory signage required to comply to Australian standards.  See Signage specification for more information

We are familiar with the wording and specifications required in the various codes. When the certifying authority or certifier inspects the building, signage with full compliance must be in place. Incorrect wording on fire doors for instance can delay the issuing of an Occupation Certificate, which becomes a costly mistake for a builder or developer.


For use in States other than New South Wales.  This isgn is required in the following locations:

1  On every door leading into a fire stair from the inside the building, including from a carpark, corridor, plant room or roof.  The sign is required on one face of the door only, on the approach side of the door.

2   On all doors between isolated fire compartments that are required to be kept closed (not on doors held open on magnets).  Most commonly, these are in corridors, but may be in carparks separate fire compartments havae been created.  In this situation, the sign is required on both faces of the door, and on both doors if double doors.

To be used as for sign type 001


For use in New South Wales only.  Details are as set out above.


This sign is required in the following situations:

1   On BOTH faces of a door leading from a fire isolated exit to a road or open space,

2   On BOTH faces of an egress door leading from inside a building to the open space, for instance an office space or warehouse (where there will also normally also be an illuminated exit sign).

3   On NOTH faces of smoke doors between fire comparements which are held on alarm activated magnets.  If these are double doors, signs are reqired on both doors.


This wording is required ‘adjacent to (but not within) a doorway providing access to a fire isolated stairway, passageway or ramp'.

Certifiers normally permit this wording to be on the fire door itself, in which case it can be incorporated into the fire door sign. However, we recommend that a builder should verify that this is acceptable to the certifier or Council prior to purchasing and installing the signs. If this is not acceptable, separate fire door sign (Code FD2) and NSW Fire Door Offence plates (code FDO1) will be required, and the offence plate will have to be located on the wall.


The electrical authorities will normally require one or more signs to indicate the location of the main switchroom, such as "MAIN SWITCHROOM LOCATED IN CARPARK ADJACENT TO RAMP".

These will be custom made to suit individual wording.


Braille signage Clause D3.6 of the BCA requires the Braille and tactile signs be utilised in all buildings other than private residences for sanitary (toilet) facilities, and to indicate entrances and lifts which are accessible.

Toilet signs are to be located on the wall (not on the door), on the hardware(door knob) side, with the line of Braille between 1250 mm and 1350 mm above floor level, at least 50 mm from the jamb. If this is not possible, it should be located on the hinge side. If that is not possible, it should be located on the door.

Directional Braille and tactile signs should be located at the same height, directly ahead in the direction of travel.




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