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Smoke alarm requirements

Since January 2017, Queenslanders having a home built or substantially renovated have been required to have interconnected photoelectric smoke alarms installed.

From 1 January 2022, all homes being sold, leased or having their lease renewed must have photoelectric, interconnected smoke alarms installed in every bedroom, connecting hallways and on each storey.

From 1 January 2027, this requirement will apply to all homes.

As these deadlines draw near, there will be a greater demand for electrical contractors to install and upgrade ionisation smoke alarms to photoelectric smoke alarms.

Make sure you and your customers are aware of your obligations by visiting Queensland Fire and Emergency Services - smoke alarms.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) is working with industry to ensure Queenslanders are aware of their obligations and don’t leave upgrading to the last minute.

More information

If you have any questions specific to the legislation, you can contact QFES direct on