UPDATE 1 February 2021: Changes to Regulations on trial evacuations and evacuation training programmes

The requirement for building owners to conduct trial evacuations or evacuation training programmes came back into force on 1 February 2021, and will remain in force provided there are no physical distancing requirements in place for the area in which the building is located. Physical distancing requirements are imposed at some COVID-19 Alert Levels and can change over time. Specific exclusions are included in the changes to accommodate those buildings which are in use as Managed Isolation and Quarantine Facilities.

These changes are set out in the Fire and Emergency New Zealand (COVID-19—Fire Safety, Evacuation Procedures, and Evacuation Schemes Amendment Regulations (No 2) 2020. Building owners are not expected to resume trial evacuations or evacuation training programmes immediately the changes come into force. To work out when your next trial evacuation or training programme notification is due, you need to calculate a 6-month period that excludes the time from 25 March 2020 to 31 January 2021, or any longer period when physical distancing requirements remain in force for the area where your building is located. For example:

• If you were due to conduct a trial evacuation by 10 April 2020, 17 days after the suspension began, and there are no physical distancing requirements in force for the area where your building is located, the adjusted 6-month period will end 17 days after the changes take effect which will mean 17 February 2021.

Please read previous COVID-19 Evacuation scheme Updates.

If you have any questions, please contact the Fire Information Unit on 0800 347 346 or email us at fireinfo@fireandemergency.nz

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Evacuation regulations have changed

New regulations came into force on 1 July 2018

If you are submitting a new application, please refer to the Quick Reference Guides section of this page.
If you had an application that was previously not approved, the new application will have to meet the requirements in the new regulations.
If you have a scheme that is already approved, it will be carried over and considered as being approved under the new regulations.
If your evacuation scheme was approved before 1 July 2018, it is important to note that the reporting of trial evacuations and training programmes have changed. You no longer have to give us 10 days notice of a trial evacuation and there are additional questions to answer when reporting the results of trial evacuations; please check the link ‘Maintain your approved evacuation scheme’ in the Quick Reference Guides for more information.
Remember, we are here to help; if you require assistance please contact us on 0800 347 346 or email fireinfo@fireandemergency.nz