Smoke Alarms

Smoke Alarms law QLD

On 1 January 2017, a new law about smoke alarms started in Queensland.

Requirements for smoke alarms in residential dwellings will change progressively over the next 10 years.

All new and substantially renovated homes that are subject to a building application submitted on or after 1 January 2017, must have interconnected photoelectric smoke alarms (compliant with Australian Standard 3786:2014) installed.

The smoke alarms must be:

  • in every bedroom
  • in hallways that connect bedrooms
  • on each level of the home

From 1 January 2022, these requirements will apply to all houses leased and sold, and from 1 January 2027, they will apply to all homes.

If the smoke alarm is powered by 240 volts, it must be replaced with a 240-volt smoke alarm. If the smoke alarm is not powered by 240 volts, it may be replaced with tamper-proof, 10-year battery smoke alarm.

In the meantime, if a homeowner replaces a legally required smoke alarm in an existing dwelling, it must be replaced with a photoelectric smoke alarm that complies with Australian Standard 3786:2014.