Building in a bush fire area
Bush fire is a major challenge for the community. It has been a natural part of our landscape for thousands of years and remains an ever-present threat. All developments on land that is designated as bush fire prone have a legal obligation to consider bush fire and meet the requirements of Planning for Bush Fire Protection 2006 and AS3959 – 2009.
This part of the website contains information that promotes an understanding of bush fire behaviour, bush fire assessment reports and the legal framework that governs the planning process for proposed developments on bush fire prone land in NSW. Information within this section is relevant to current and future home owners, developers, planners, councils, fire authorities and other government organisations.
Pre-Release Planning for Bush Fire Protection 2018
The NSW RFS has facilitated an extensive review of Planning for Bush Fire Protection 2006 (PBP). Following a period of targeted consultation in 2016, the draft PBP was revised and placed on public exhibition in 2017. Since that time, the NSW RFS has worked extensively with representatives from the Department of Planning and Environment (DPE) and stakeholders to prepare a pre-release version of the document. The NSW RFS anticipate that publication of Pre-Release PBP 2018 will occur before the end of July. The NSW RFS website will be updated and stakeholders will be notified when a date has been finalised for the publication. If you have any questions regarding the release, please email PBP2018@rfs.nsw.gov.au.
Window Protection in the Flame Zone
The NSW RFS has recently taken a decision to change the requirements for windows in Bush Fire Attack Level-Flame Zone. There will be a grace period however until 1 January 2018. If you would like more information on the changes, please see the following information release.
You can assess your risk using the bush fire household assessment tool.
Check if you live on Bush Fire Prone Land.
Want to know what your BAL is? Unsure what bush fire prone land is? Considering development on bush fire prone land? The FAQ's might have the answers you're looking for.
This section provides a basic background to the document Planning for Bush Fire Protection 2006. It also provides information regarding the origin of current bush fire requirements, the meaning of bush fire prone land and the options available in getting assistance with bush fire related matters. The following pages are provided in this section:
- Why consider bush fire?
- What is a bush fire prone area?
- How to use Planning for Bush Fire Protection 2006
- Acceptable Solutions and Performance Criteria
- Where can I get help?
The classification of a particular development type on bush fire prone land will influence the applicable protection measures and the way that the application is assessed. This section addresses the following development types:
- Complying Development
- Infill and Other (Building Construction and Additions)
- Residential Subdivision
- Special Fire Protection Purpose
- Major Projects
- Local Environment Plans
- Development Control Plans
This section provides information regarding the legal framework that is relevant to developing on bush fire prone land. This section also addresses the requirements for a bush fire report and the assessment time frames for the NSW Rural Fire Service to process development applications. The following pages are provided in this section:
There are a number of bush fire protection measures that can be incorporated in to a proposed development to minimise the bush fire impact on life and property. The six bush fire protection measures that are addressed in Planning for Bush Fire Protection 2006 and in this section include:
- Asset Protection Zones
- Building Construction & Design
- Water Supply & Utilities
- Emergency Management Arrangements
In order to appreciate how each of the above protection measures work, a basic understanding of bush fire behaviour and bush fire impact is required. This information can also be found in this section.
This section provides information regarding the currently available tools developed by the NSW Rural Fire Service for the assessment of proposed developments on bush fire prone land. The following information is provided in this section: