Requirement to conduct trial evacuations and deliver training programs is suspended under the current Covid-19 Alert Level.

You are currently not required to carry out trial evacuations or deliver training programmes to maintain your approved evacuation scheme. For more information and to learn when you need to restart these read here.

Once physical distancing requirements are removed then building owners should resume their normal requirements for maintaining their evacuation scheme. For those building owners where the six monthly maintenance requirement falls within a period at which physical distancing requirements are in force, the corrected date to resume evacuation scheme maintenance activities is calculated by adding the number of days since August 18 to the original due date.

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

Quick Reference Guides

27/06/2018 11:45:47 AM

A one-page flowchart showing the standard application and maintenance cycle for your evacuation scheme.

30/06/2021 10:39:37 AM

This guide contains a brief introduction to evacuation schemes and steps through the submission process, both online and manual.

1/09/2021 3:47:03 PM

This has helpful tips to explain the information and detail needed when completing your application.

8/11/2019 4:33:05 PM

This document lists the classifications and threshold quantities for hazardous substances.

2/07/2018 8:58:01 AM

If you need to complete a number of similar applications you may find the template feature useful.

30/06/2021 1:25:16 PM

If your online application is not approved, this guide steps through what you need to do next.

30/06/2021 10:04:32 AM

Every approved scheme needs regular maintenance. This guide steps through the requirements to keep your approved scheme current and maintained.

2/07/2018 8:56:41 AM

Automatic email reminders are sent when the due date for regular maintenance for your evacuation scheme is approaching, for applications submitted online. This guide covers adding or removing email addresses for these reminders.

16/11/2021 12:08:36 PM

If you'll be maintaining your approved scheme by submitting manual forms, please email them to