If you are proposing to gain approval to build as complying development under the Codes SEPP on bush fire prone land, a 'BAL Risk Assessment Certificate' must be obtained from a 'suitably qualified consultant' or the local council.
The BAL Risk Assessment Certificate confirms the BAL for the land on which the development is proposed. Determining the Bush Fire Attack Level (BAL) ensures that development is undertaken in such a way that risk to people and property is minimised.
As assessment of bush fire risk is a highly complex process requiring suitably qualified practitioners to utilise their broad range of skills, knowledge and competencies in bushfire planning and design, the NSW RFS recommends using a suitably qualified consultant or the local council for a 'BAL Risk Assessment Certificate’.
The endorsement of the BAL by a suitably qualified consultant or the local council is required as part of satisfying the development standards for Complying Development on bush fire prone land.
When considering Complying Development, applicants may want to undertake a preliminary assessment using the BAL Risk Assessment Application Kit before contacting a suitably qualified consultant, or local Council for advice regarding the level of bush fire risk.
For the purposes of the State Environmental Planning Policy (Exempt and Complying Development Codes) 2008 (the Codes SEPP) and section 79BA of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 the NSW RFS recognised the consultants within the following accreditation schemes
- Fire Protection Association Australia, Bush Fire Planning and Design (BPAD) Accredited Practitioners
Please see our Frequently Asked Questions for answers about developing on bush fire prone land, including Complying Development.