Fire Evacuation

Pursuant to the Fire and Emergency New Zealand (Fire Safety, Evacuation Procedures, and Evacuation Schemes) Regulations 2018, a commercial building owner is required to have in place a plan or procedure to evacuate occupants safely and promptly from the building in the event of fire.

Many smaller commercial and industrial buildings only require an evacuation procedure which is a basic documented plan on “what to do” in an emergency. A simple notice on the wall in prominent places is generally adequate.

Larger buildings which are used for certain purposes or activities are required to implement a more detailed Evacuation Scheme which is presented to Fire and Emergency New Zealand (FENZ) for their approval. This process can be handled by CoveKinloch New Zealand Ltd. Once approved by the fire service, 6 monthly fire drills are required.

CoveKinloch New Zealand Ltd can/are able to advise you on the requirements for your building. We have Fire Protection Association of New Zealand (FPANZ) certified consultants who are highly experienced in planning, designing and implementing professional Evacuation Schemes from the smaller single level buildings through to more complex industrial and commercial premises.

Download a copy of our ‘Fire Engineering and Fire Safety Design’ brochure HERE

Relevant contacts

Auckland contact

Phil Jackson

Waikato contact

Trevor McCracken

Wellington contact

Ravi Alwis


Does my building require a Fire and Emergency New Zealand approved fire evacuation scheme or just an evacuation procedure?

You will need a detailed and approved evacuation scheme if your building is used for one or more of the following:

  • The gathering of 100 or more persons for any purpose
  • Providing employment to 10 or more persons
  • Providing accommodation for 6 or more persons
  • Storing or processing of any hazardous substances exceeding specified thresholds
  • Early childcare facilities
  • Nursing, medical or geriatric care
  • Specialised care for persons with disabilities
  • Accommodation for persons under lawful detention

Once an evacuation scheme is approved and in place, regular trial evacuations or training are required to be carried out to maintain the scheme. CoveKinloch are experienced in planning and conducting fire drills, including reporting of the results to the Fire and Emergency New Zealand and the building owner.