Your obligations as a building owner may include a fire service to help prevent fires or minimalise the impact of fires. Fire safety measures must be installed and maintained whether a building is occupied or vacant. 

Fire Service

Information for Designers

Water Pressure Certificates – for Hydraulic Designers to assist in the appropriate design of fire-fighting systems to suit a development. The application is an on-line form and is a pre-paid service. Please allow up to 20 working days for the processing of your request.  

Standard Sizing Requirements – Shoalhaven Water have the following standard metered and unmetered service sizes including 25 , 32, 40 and 50. Sizes above 50 are considered non-standard and will need Shoalhaven Water approval and may be subject to other conditions before installation. determination may be required prior to installation including standard and non-standard sizes.

Fire Service Lines – Where the fire service lines to serve the development are greater in diameter than the water main diameter that the fire service line is connected to, then the water main shall be augmented to the same size or larger (as approved by us) at the developer’s full cost. The extent of the augmentation shall be determined by Shoalhaven Water.

Storage/BreakTanks  – Shoalhaven Water does not permit any water booster pumps to be directly connected to any water main. Where pumps are required (as nominated by the hydraulic engineer), the applicant must provide storage/break tank(s) for fire-fighting supply in accordance with AS2419 and AS3500.

Example of Site Location Plan

To avoid unnecessary delays in processing, a pointer should be used rather than a circle or cross as this can cover relevant information. Please see below example.

Water Pressure Site Location Plan

Annual Fire Safety Statements

Annual Fire Safety Statements confirm the safety measures installed in a building are capable of performing to the required standard and that the building complies with Regulations in terms of fire prevention measures.

For more information, follow the link to Shoalhaven City Council's Annual Fire Safety Statement Program or contact Council's Fire Safety Assistant on 1300 293 111.

Further Information

For more information, contact Shoalhaven City Council on 1300 293 111 or email 

Apply for a Fire Service Connection

Shoalhaven Water provide the following fire service connections and combinations:

  • Unmetered fire services
  • Combination meter with fire service
  • Manifold with bulk water meter and fire service

On approved application, a fire service will be installed at the property boundary. Any internal plumbing works for fire services are the responsibly of the property owner. 

It is a requirement of Council's Backflow Prevention and Cross Connection Control Policy that a Double Check Detector Assembly (DCDA) is installed on a fire service and registered with Shoalhaven Water. For more information, visit our Backflow Prevention page.

If the fire service also requires a water meter, applicable water and sewer availability charges will then be applied to the property Water Account.

To apply for a fire service connection, click on the link below. 

Supporting documentation such as hydraulic plans and water sizing calculations, prepared by a qualified hydraulic engineer or plumber, must be submitted in JPG or PDF format.

Request a Water Pressure Certificate

On request, a water pressure certificate can be provided to assist hydraulic designers find appropriate fire-fighting systems to suit the development.

To proceed with the request, you will require a Site Location Plan, this will help us determine where you would like the water pressure tested. To avoid unnecessary delays, please ensure your details are correct and the plan is clearly marked.

On receipt of a request, we will review the details and issue an invoice. This must be paid prior to issuing the certificate. A water pressure certificate can take up to 20 working days to process.

To request a Water Pressure Certificate, click on the link below. 

To avoid delays, you must include a clear Site Location Plan which can be uploaded in JPG or PDF format.