Section 8A Summary Offences Act – Climbing or Jumping from Buildings

The Legislation

Section 8A of the Summary Offences Act 1998 (NSW) is the criminal offence of Climbing or Jumping from Buildings and is stated below.

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8A Climbing on or jumping from buildings and other structures

(1) A person who risks the safety of any other person as a consequence of:
(a) abseiling, jumping or parachuting from any part of a building or other structure, or
(b) climbing down or up or on or otherwise descending (except as referred to in paragraph (a)) or ascending any part of a building or other structure, except by use of the stairs, lifts or other means provided for ascent or descent of it,
is guilty of an offence. Maximum penalty: 10 penalty units or imprisonment for 3 months, or both.

(2) A person is not guilty of an offence under this section for doing anything if the person establishes that he or she had some reasonable excuse for doing it or did it for a lawful purpose.

(3) In this section:”structure” includes a bridge, crane (whether mobile or not) and tower, but does not include a structure provided for climbing or jumping for recreational purposes.