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Assessment Timeframes

The NSW Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS) has a requirement to respond to a development application (DA) on bush fire prone land within a set time frame. Assessment time frames will differ depending on the development type. Different types of DA's and referred DA's are to be processed in accordance with the relevant time frame provided in the table below.  

Note – 'Stop the Clock' – is a term used when the NSW RFS requires further information in order to complete an assessment and requests in writing this information from the local council.  

Process Time Frame Notes
1.      Complying Development Within 14 days of receipt of the correct information In accordance with the relevant existing service level agreement
2. 79BA Within 14 days of receipt of DA from the Consent Authority In accordance with the relevant existing service level agreement
3.      79BA (Stop the Clock Provisions) Within 14 days to complete assessment after the clock is restarted In accordance with the relevant existing service level agreement
4.      79C Within 14 days of receipt of DA from the Consent Authority In accordance with the relevant existing service level agreement
5.      100B  Legislated timeframe of 40 days for Service to process  Under section 62 (1) (a) of the EP&A Regulations 2000
6.      100B (Stop the Clock Provisions)

21 days from the receipt of the DA to request additional information.  

21 days to complete assessment after the clock is restarted

Clause 46 of the Rural Fires Regulation 2002 provides a list of information which must be provided to the service for the consideration of a Bush Fire Safety Authority
7.      Part 3A Within 14 days of receipt of DA from the Consent Authority    
8.      Master Plan Within 21 days of receipt of DA from the Consent Authority    
9.      LEP / DCP Within 21 days of receipt of DA from the Consent Authority      

*NSW RFS is only providing this service during the 12 month transition period from 25 February 2011 until 25 February 2012.