smoke alarm requirements

Coffee, notebook and pile of smoke alarm legislation

A staged rollout of new QLD Legislation to install photoelectric smoke alarms in domestic dwellings commenced
1 January 2017 and concludes 1 January 2027:

From 1 January 2022
  • required in all dwellings being sold, leased or an existing lease renewed.
From 1 January 2027
  • required in all other existing domestic dwellings, including but not limited to owners/occupiers.
From 1 January 2017
  • required in all new dwellings being substantially renovated.
From 1 January 2017

Exiting owners/occupiers dwellings & dwellings being sold, leased or an existing lease is renewed:

  • when replacing smoke alarms, they must be of a photoelectric type which complies with Australian Standard (AS) 3786-2014
  • existing smoke alarms manufactured more than ten years ago must be replaced
  • smoke alarms that do not operate when tested must be replaced immediately
  • existing hardwired smoke alarms that need replacement must be replaced with a hardwired smoke alarm.

All dwellings being sold, leased or an existing lease is renewed:

Smoke alarms in the
dwelling must:

  • be photoelectric (AS 3786-2014); and
  • not also contain an ionisation sensor; and
  • be less than 10 years old; and
  • operate when tested; and
  • be interconnected with every other smoke alarm in the dwelling so all activate together

Smoke alarms must be installed on each storey:

  • in each bedroom; and
  • in hallways which connect bedrooms and the rest of the dwelling; or
  • if there is no hallway, between the bedrooms and other parts of the storey; and
  • if there are no bedrooms on a storey at least one smoke alarm must be installed in the most likely path of travel to exit the dwelling

Smoke alarms must be hardwired or powered by a 10-year battery, or a combination of both may be allowed.