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Building in a bush fire area

BAL Risk Assessment Application Kit

This document has been developed to assist applicants in determining 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 an application form for submission.

Single Dwelling Application Kit

This document has been designed for owner/builders as well as architects, building designers and draftspersons who wish to submit plans for building or modifying an existing building in a bush fire prone area. This document has been designed to support you, and provide you with a process to follow that will assist you to meet the current requirements for bush fire protection.

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's responsibilities. This document is intended to be a comprehensive 'one-stop-shop' for Complying Development on bush fire prone land, and also incorporates all of the policy and guideline documents.

Building Best Practice Guide

This document is designed to provide the community with advice regarding what the NSW RFS recommends as best practice for developing in bush fire prone areas. All development on bush fire prone land should comply with the relevant recommendations and requirements identified.

Vegetation Classification Chart

This classification chart will assist in the assessment of vegetation for developments in bush fire prone areas.

Council Checklist for Section 100B Development Applications

A checklist for Councils on minimum requirements for information that is to be submitted with a development application lodged under Section 100B of the Rural Fires Act 1997.

Council Checklist for Section 79BA Development Applications

A checklist for Councils on minimum requirements for information that is to be submitted with a development application lodged under Section 79BA of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979.

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 bush fire events. Download a copy (complete or chapter by chapter), or purchase a copy through the NSW Government Online Shop or phone +61 (2) 9228 6333. Please note: Appendix 3 of this document has been superseded by Addendum Appendix 3.

Guidelines for the Preparation of Emergency / Evacuation Plan

The development of a Bushfire Evacuation Plan (BEP) is a requirement for new developments that have a higher concentration of people than a normal residential dwelling in bushfire prone areas such as schools, childcare centres and hospitals. A guideline for the creation of a Bushfire Evacuation Plan (BEP) is attached.