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Building in a bush fire area

Planning for Bush Fire Protection 2019

Released in November 2019 and legislated on 1 March 2020. 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.

Single Dwelling Application Kit

The Single Dwelling Application Kit is intended to be used to provide the relevant consent authority with the information needed so that they can assess your proposed development in accordance with the EP&A Act section 4.14.This kit will assist people building a new house or altering or adding to an existing building on bush fire prone land. Not all councils will accept the single dwelling application kit so check with your local council before proceeding.

Comprehensive Vegetation Fuel Loads

The purpose of this fact sheet is to provide all stakeholders in the bush fire industry with the detailed fuel load information which underpins the APZ distances in the Pre-Release version of Planning for Bush Fire Protection 2018 (PBP).

Planning for Bush Fire Protection 2018

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.

Pre-DA Advice

This form can be used to obtain pre-DA advice from our Development Assessment and Planning Team regarding more complex development proposals which raise questions in relation to their assessment against Planning for Bush Fire Protection. The form can be used for proposals that incorporate a performance based solution or propose development of a strategic nature.The information handout provides guidance in completing the pre-DA advice form and provides information on the submission requirements in the pre-DA process.

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.

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