Fire Evacuation Scheme*

Every building, whether it is single or multi-storey, needs to have an effective means of escape that every occupant is aware of in case of an emergency.  It also requires an effective means of warning the occupants of such an emergency.  Most commercial and industrial buildings need either a fire evacuation scheme or a fire evacuation procedure. 

Organising a Fire Evacuation Scheme can be a complex, time consuming process.  As experts in the field, Compass can provide you with a professional fire evacuation scheme that meets the compliance standards. Choosing Compass will ultimately save you time and money.      

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You can also find further information on the NZ Fire Service website at

Who needs an Evacuation Scheme?
An evacuation scheme is for buildings where there is a higher risk and must meet all legal requirements for a scheme as detailed in the Fire Safety and Evacuation of Buildings Regulations 2006 and Section 21A of the Fire Service Act 1975.

The following list of buildings are those that require a Fire Service approved evacuation scheme.

Buildings where:

  • 100 or more people can gather in a common venue or place of assembly, whether for commercial, social, cultural, religious, or any other purpose.
  • facilities for employment are provided for more than 10 people.
  • accommodation is provided for more than 5 people.
  • whole or part of the building is used for storage or processing of hazardous substances.
  • early childcare facilities are provided, or specialised nursing, medical or geriatric care is provided.
  • people in lawful detention are accommodated.

Who needs an Evacuation Procedure?
The majority of commercial and industrial buildings in New Zealand require an evacuation procedure, which does not require the approval of the Fire Service.

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