NCC 2019 Volume One
NSW Part H102 Temporary structures

NSW Part H102 Temporary structures

NSW H102.1 Application of Part

This Part applies to temporary structures used as entertainment venues.

NSW H102.2 Exits—Exclusions

In this clause, a reference to an entrance or exit does not include a reference to an entrance or exit provided for persons or animals performing in a temporary structure.

NSW H102.3 Location of exits

Exits must be so provided and arranged as to afford a ready means of egress from all parts of a temporary structure.

NSW H102.4 Exits to be provided

Without limiting the generality of NSW H102.3


the number of exits to be provided for a temporary structure designed to accommodate a number of persons specified in Column 1 of Table H102.4 must be not less than the number of exits specified in Column 2 of that Table in respect of that number of persons; and


the aggregate width of the exits to a temporary structure designed to accommodate a number of persons specified in Column 1 of Table H102.4 must not be less than the width specified in Column 3 of that Table in respect of that number of persons.

NSW H102.5 Vertical clearances for exits

Every part of an entrance or exit must provide a minimum unobstructed height of 2000 mm and, where the entrance or exit is beneath a stepped seating platform, infilled risers or other approved overhead protection must be provided above the entrance or exit .

NSW H102.6 Curtains across exits

A flap or curtain used to cover an exit must be so designed that, when it is secured, it will not obstruct or impede egress.

NSW H102.7 Curtains and blinds

Curtains and blinds for use in a temporary structure must comply with Table 4 of NSW Specification C1.10.

Table H102.4 Number of exits and widths

Column 1

Accommodation provided

Column 2

Number of exits required

Column 3

Aggregate width of exits (mm)

1-25 persons *1-2 1 000
26-50 persons 2 1 500
51-75 persons 2 2 000
76-100 persons 2 2 500
100-200 persons 2 3 000
201-400 persons 3 4 500
401-600 persons 4 6 000
601-800 persons 5 7 500
801-1000 persons 5 9 000
over 1000 persons 5 exits plus one additional exit for each additional 450 persons or part thereof. 9 000 plus 500 mm for each additional 50 persons or part thereof.

*Notes to Table H102.4:

  1. Where only one exit is provided that exit must be at least 1,000 mm wide.
  2. Where 2 exits are provided each must be at least 500 mm wide.

NSW H102.8 Fabrics

Fabric that is used in the construction of a temporary structure must have—


a Flammability Index of not more than 6 where used—


within a height of 4 m of the base of the temporary structure; or


in an air-supported temporary structure without other supporting framework; and


a Flammability Index of not more than 25 in every other case.

NSW H102.9 Guardrails

A rigid guardrail must—


be provided at each end of a stepped or inclined platform, at least 750 mm high above the floor of the platform, and must extend—


in the case of a stepped platform, from the front of the first riser; and


in the case of an inclined platform, from the front of the first row of seating,

to the back of the highest platform and along the rear of that platform for its full width; and


not obstruct any aisle, cross-over or exit .

NSW H102.10 Seating

Seating must be provided in accordance with NSW H101.11.1, NSW H101.11.2, NSW H101.11.3(b), NSW H101.11.5(a), (c), NSW H101.11.6(a) and NSW-H101.11.8(a), (b), (c) and (d).

NSW H102.11 Sanitary accommodation

Suitable sanitary accommodation must be provided at a location convenient to the temporary structure.

NSW H102.12 Projection suites

Any projection suite must comply with NSW H101.17.2 and NSW H101.17.3.

NSW H102.13 Fireplaces and heating

No fireplace or other form of heating equipment may be installed in a temporary structure, without the consent of the approval authority.

NSW H102.14 Electrical services

Electrical services connected to the local supply authority's mains, to a generating plant or to a battery supply must comply with—


the requirements of the local supply authority; and


AS 3002; and


where applicable, AS/NZS 3000; and

NSW H102.15 Artificial lighting

Artificial lighting must be provided, and must comply with NSW H101.20.1 and NSW H101.20.2.

NSW H102.15.1 Emergency lighting levels

Emergency lighting must be provided to the areas provided with artificial lighting under NSW H102.15 and must include a sufficient number of lamps to give a minimum illumination of 0.2 lux at floor level.

NSW H102.15.2 Emergency lighting power supply

Where emergency lighting is provided, the capacity of the battery and charging system must be sufficient to provide the illumination required by NSW H102.15.1 for—


half an hour, in respect of a temporary structure designed to accommodate not more than 1,000 persons; and


1 hour, in respect of a temporary structure designed to accommodate more than 1,000 persons.

NSW H102.16 Exit signs

Exit signs must be provided above all exits and in such other locations as may be required by NSW E4.6 and must comply with E4.5 and E4.8.

NSW H102.17 Fire-fighting services


Fire-fighting services and appliances must be so provided as to afford adequate protection and must be so located as the approving authority, on the advice of the Director-General of New South Wales Fire Brigades, may require.


Where required by the approving authority, the fire-fighting services and appliances must comply with Part E1.