Bush fire is a major challenge for the community. It has been a natural part of our landscape for thousands of years and remains an ever-present threat. All developments on land that is designated as bush fire prone have a legal obligation to consider bush fire and meet the requirements of Planning for Bush Fire Protection 2006 and AS3959 – 2009.
This part of the website contains information that promotes an understanding of bush fire behaviour, bush fire assessment reports and the legal frame work that governs the planning process for proposed developments on bush fire prone land in NSW. Information within this section would be relevant to current and future home owners, developers, planners, councils, fire authorities and other government organisations.
Building in a Bush Fire Prone Area is broken into five main sections with key documents located in the publications section. A summary of each of these sections is outlined below:
This section provides a basic background to the document Planning for Bush Fire Protection 2006. It also provides information regarding the origin of current bush fire requirements, the meaning of bush fire prone land and the options available in getting assistance with bush fire related matters. The following pages are provided in this section:
The classification of a particular development type on bush fire prone land will influence the applicable protection measures and the way that the application is assessed. This section addresses the following development types:
This section provides information regarding the legal frame work that is relevant to developing on bush fire prone land. This section also addresses the requirements for a bush fire report and the assessment time frames for the NSW Rural Fire Service to process development applications. The following pages are provided in this section:
There are a number of bush fire protection measures that can be incorporated in to a proposed development to minimise the bush fire impact on life and property. The six bush fire protection measures that are addressed in Planning for Bush Fire Protection 2006 and in this section include:
In order to appreciate how each of the above protection measures work, a basic understanding of bush fire behaviour and bush fire impact is required. This information can also be found in this section.
This section provides information regarding the currently available tools developed by the NSW Rural Fire Service for the assessment of proposed developments on bush fire prone land. The following information is provided in this section:
The key documentation relevant to the development of bush fire prone land include:
User Guide for Complying Development – This document has been developed to assist applicants in understanding the bush fire requirements for ‘Complying Development’ under the State Environmental Planning Policy (Exempt and Complying Development Codes) - the Codes SEPP. It provides a guide to the NSW RFS involvement in the process, interpretation, timeframes, submission requirements and applicant responsibilities.
BAL Risk Assessment Application Kit – This document has been developed to assist applicants in preparing whether their proposed development can potentially be considered ‘Complying Development’ under the Codes SEPP. It provides a guide to the assessment process and submission requirements whilst also providing a application form for submission.
Single Dwelling Application Kit – This document has been developed to assist applicants in preparing a bush fire assessment report for a single dwelling or alterations and additions to an existing dwelling.
Planning for Bush Fire Protection 2006 - This document provides the necessary planning considerations when developing areas for residential use in residential, rural residential, rural and urban areas when development sites are in close proximity to areas likely to be affected by bushfire events and replaces Planning for Bushfire Protection 2001.
PBP Addendum Appendix 3 – The release of this document coincided with the adoption of AS3959-2009 in the Building Code of Australia (BCA) 2010. This document replaces the previous version of Appendix 3 in Planning for Bush Fire Protection 2006 (PBP) and is effective 1 May 2010. All building on bush fire prone land in NSW should comply with the requirements of this Appendix and other bush fire protection measures identified within PBP.
Click on the text link above to download a copy of the document or individual chapters/appendices below or purchase a copy through the NSW Government Online Shop or phone on +61 (2) 9228 6333.