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Referral Agency Advice

​​​​The Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) performs an important role as a referral agency to provide advice on building work assessable against the Building Act 1975*.

Under the terms of the Planning Act 2016 and associated legislation, referral to the QFES for advice is required for any application for building work that involves a fire safety system and:

  • Requires special fire services (SFS) mentioned in the Planning Regulation 2017;or

  • Proposes a performance-based alternative solution in relation to fire safety.

The QFES is committed to providing stakeholders with a quality value-adding advisory service. By working together, we can create a safer built environment.

QFES e-lodgement​

As part of our commitment to continuous improvement in the Building Assessment process, the QFES has launched QFES e-lodgement – a state-wide web-based portal for the electronic lodgement and processing of applications for Referral Agency Advice under the Planning Act 2016.

New users can get started with QFES e-lodgement by clicking the link on the right hand side of this page. Returning users can also log in to continue lodging and managing their applications.

Want to know more about QFES e-lodgement? You can view our Frequently Asked Questions or download the User G​​uidelines for QFES e-lodgement.

Scope Reduction Initiative

From 1 January 2015 the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) has implemented a number of initiatives as part of our commitment to red tape reduction for the building industry in Queensland. These initiatives are aimed at careful lessening of the requirement for Referral Agency lodgement where appropriate, which will deliver associated cost savings.

Further information is available at Scope Reduction Initiative.

Referral Agency Advice Forms

While QFES e-lodgement is the preferred method for lodging applications for Referral Agency Advice, should over the counter submission be required, please use the relevant forms.

Want to know more about the types of ​meetings and inspections the QFES conducts?

Referral Agency Advice Guidelines

QFES has a number of guidelines that will assist you in the Referral Agency Advice process.

QFES e‑lodgement


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Fees are applicable under relevant Building Fire Safety
Legislation for activities conducted by the QFES.

More information on the fees charged by the QFES is available for Referral Agency Advice and how to use the QFES Referral Agency Advice Fees Calculator.

Terms and Conditions apply to Billing Customers for QFES Referral Agency Advice.


*This publication was produced prior to the current government.​