From the 1st May, 2006, owners of homes and shared accommodation buildings need to install smoke
alarms, under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Amendment (Smoke Alarms) Regulation 2006.
Private dwellings smoke alarms can be powered by either the mains electricity supply or battery.
The choice rests with the building owner. Smoke alarms powered by the mains electricity supply must
however have a standby power source (battery) to energise the alarm if the mains electricity supply fails.
Smoke alarms in homes generally need to be installed on or near the ceiling in hallways associated with bedrooms or if there is no hallway, between the sleeping areas and the living areas.
An alarm must also be installed on any storey which does not contain bedrooms.
Further detailed advice about type, location and number of smoke alarms that need to be fitted can be obtained by going to www.fire.nsw.gov.au or Dept of Planning by calling the Smoke Alarms Helpline,
1800 858 812.