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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.

Planning for Bush Fire Protection 2018

A review has been conducted of Planning for Bush Fire Protection 2006, which included a periods of targeted and full public consultation.

Since that time, the NSW RFS has worked extensively with representatives from the NSW Department of Planning and Environment (DPE) and stakeholders to prepare a pre-release version of the document.

It is anticipated that PBP 2018 will become legislated by mid – 2019, to coincide with the enactment of the National Construction Code 2019. Until then, PBP 2018 is in a ‘pre-release’ stage, also known as the transitionary period.

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Where can I find out more?

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