Short-term Rental Accommodation Fire Safety Standard (STRA)

New rules take effect on 1st November 2021

The NSW Government has announced a state-wide policy for short-term rental accommodation (STRA) that applies a clear and consistent set of rules while protecting the rights of hosts, guests, and neighbours across NSW.

The new rules will apply from 1 November 2021. A delayed commencement gives hosts, councils, and other industry participants time to familiarise themselves with the new policy. Hosts will need to comply with the new rules by 1 November 2021.

The new regulatory framework seeks to ensure local communities continue to enjoy the economic benefits of STRA, while managing potential adverse impacts.

Who does this apply to:

Under the new rules, short-term rental accommodation means: Short-term rental accommodation means a dwelling used by the host to provide accommodation in the dwelling on a commercial basis for a temporary or short-term period.

STRA is often facilitated through online booking platforms such as Stayz, Airbnb and Booking.com.

Definitions &Requirements

Class 1a buildingsA single dwelling being a detached house; or one of a group of attached dwellings being a town house, row house or the like.

  • Smoke and Heat Alarms
  • Evacuation Diagrams

Class 2 buildingApartment buildings typically, multi-unit residential buildings where people live above and below each other.

  • Smoke and Heat Alarms
  • Egress Doors
  • Portable Fire Extinguishers
  • Fire Blankets
  • Evacuation Diagrams

Class 4 part of a buildingA sole dwelling or residence within abuilding of a non-residential nature. There can only be one Class 4 part in a building e.g. caretaker’s residents.

  • Smoke and Heat Alarms
  • Egress Doors
  • Portable Fire Extinguishers
  • Fire Blankets
  • Evacuation Diagrams

Supply of Fire Blankets & Fire Extinguishers

East Coast Fire & Safety install and service all fire extinguishers and blankets to AS2444 & AS1851. To meet Australian Standards fire extinguishers and blankets require regular inspection that ensures correct and reliable function in the event of a fire.

Evacuation Diagrams

East Coast Fire & Safety will design and produce customised evacuation diagrams for your sites to meet regulatory requirements as set out in AS 3745-2010. As part of the process, we will work closely with you to ensure that the diagrams are an accurate representation of your building.

Our design service can provide you with the following:

  • Compliant diagrams in A4 or A3
  • Diagrams will be provided in PDF version
  • Printed and framed and securely affixed to the wall available
  • Customised Logos and templates
  • Validity date of 5 years unless changes to the layout of the building or equipment has occurred.

Smoke & Heat Alarms

East Coast Fire & Safety are able to install and service all Heat & Smoke Alarms. The new standard requires the smoke alarms to use scattered light, transmit light or ionized. Smoke and Heat Alarms are also to be interconnecting if there is more than one in the dwelling. Please contact our office on 1300 856 988 to speak to one of our staff about obtaining a specialised quote for your site.

Egress Doors

As per the new standard the entrance doorway must be capable of being opened from the inside without a key and any modification to the lock must not impair the resistance to the door. Please contact our office on 1300 856 988 to speak to one of our staff about obtaining a specialised quote for various options.

Certificate of Compliance

Should your dwelling have all of the correct equipment already installed, East Coast Fire & Safety can attend your dwelling to issue a Certificate of Compliance.

For more information or to obtain a quote please contact our office on 1300 856 988 to speak to one of our staff.