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18 May 2022

Question: I am concerned about security in my apartment and would like to install a deadlock on my front door. To comply with fire door safety regulations, do I require approval from the owners corporation?

 

Answer: The front door and the lock are traditionally common property, so you definitely require approval from the owners corporation.

 

The front door and the lock are traditionally common property, so you definitely require approval from the owners corporation to modify it.

Once approved, if the door is fire rated, you will also need to select a lock that is approved for fitment on that particular model of fire door.

I’d suggest you use the word “deadlatch” in lieu of “deadlock” as whatever locking mechanism you choose, it must not prevent the door from closing & latching automatically. Deadlocks and deadbolts often do not allow this.
 

Rob Broadhead
2020 Fire Protection



This is general information and should not be considered to be legal advice. If you are affected you should obtain legal advice specific to your individual situation.