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Planning for Bush Fire Protection

After the 2001 Christmas fires in Sydney, which destroyed 109 homes and burnt more than 750,000 hectares, a Joint Parliamentary Inquiry was established. The resulting report endorsed the release of a document which contained specifications for building on land identified as bush fire prone. This document is titled Planning for Bush Fire Protection (PBP) and the current legislated version that is adopted is PBP 2019.

Previous editions of PBP were published in 2001 and 2006, and an Addendum Appendix 3 to PBP 2006 was published in 2010. The Pre-Release version of PBP 2018 was published in August of 2018 which was available for use until PBP 2019 was made available in December 2019. Previous versions of PBP can be found on the NSW RFS Publications page for building in a bush fire prone area.

PBP 2019 was legislatively adopted in the Environmental Planning & Assessment Regulations on 1 March 2020.

PBP 2019 is available here.

More information

Use the online tool to determine if you are located on bush fire prone land.

Additional guidance material is available on the Building in a Bush Fire Area page.

Frequently Asked Questions are available here.


Where can I get help?

If you have any questions about Planning for Bush Fire Protection please contact PBP@rfs.nsw.gov.au.

If you need assistance with your proposed development you can contact a qualified consultant.


Additional information

Key Changes Fact Sheet

Planning for Bush Fire Protection 2018

The Pre-Release version of PBP-2018 is available so that it can be used for reference since it has been available for use to demonstrate compliance with PBP 2006.