Our desire to live close to nature means that many homes are built in areas that are at risk of bush fire. Eighty percent of homes destroyed by bushfire are built within 100m of bushland. What is a bush fire prone area
Since August 2002, legal standards have been in place for the safe construction of buildings in bushfire prone areas in NSW. These standards are set out in a document produced by the Rural Fire Service called "Planning for Bushfire Protection 2006" guidelines and must be addressed in the preparation of a development application for land identified on the Bushfire Prone Land map
(see interpreting the Bushfire Lands map below)
These standards include:
- adequate setbacks from bushland
- inclusion of reduced fuel areas (Asset Protection Zones)
- correct siting
- good access roads for firefighters and residents.
Well planned developments in bushfire prone areas make homes and families safer from bushfires. The Rural Fire Service has a risk assessment tool
to assist people to assess their risk.
Bushfire protection standards must be included in development applications submitted to Councils for existing or proposed development in bushfire prone area.
Development Applications are assessed together with Local Rural Fire Services so that people, property and the environment are better protected against the dangers of bushfire.
Interpreting the Bushfire Land Map
If your property is covered by orange, yellow or red on this map it is classified as Bush Fire Prone Land.
Vegetation Category 1
These areas appears as orange
on the map and represents forests, woodlands, heathlands, pine plantations and wetlands. Land within 100 metres of this category (indicated by the red buffer on the map) is also captured by the Bushfire Prone Land Map due to the likelihood of bushfire attack.
Vegetation Category 2
These areas appear as yellow
on the map and represents grasslands, scrublands, rainforests, open woodlands and mallee. Land within 30 metres of this category (indicated by the red
buffer on the map) is also captured by the Bushfire Prone Land Map due to the likelihood of bushfire attack.
100m & 30m Buffers
Each vegetation category has a buffer area to reflect the likelihood of bushfire risk close to the vegetated area.
A Bushfire Attack Level (BAL) certificate certifies the bushfire attack level that a proposed development will be exposed to based upon the location and type of existing vegetation, the slope of the land and the Fire Danger Index for the site.
BAL certificates certifying bushfire attack levels of 12.5, 19 or 29 can be used to support an application for a Complying Development Certificate (CDC). Complying development is not permitted on land identified on BAL certificates with a bushfire attack level of 40 or Flame Zone.
can be obtained from Council or a suitably qualified consultant approved by the Rural Fire Service
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