Bushfire Prone Land is an area of land that can support a bushfire or is likely to be subject to bushfire attack.
All development applications that are located in bushfire prone areas, for the following, are required to comply with construction requirements of Planning for Bushfire Protection 2019 (PBP2019) and AS 3959:
- new commercial/industrial buildings
- new dwellings
- alterations and additions
- most outbuildings (ie. garage, shed)
Proposals that do not comply with PBP2019 may be refused or referred to the Rural Fire Service (RFS) for comment.
If the development is defined as Integrated Development, the application is also referred to the RFS (additional fees apply).
Please visit the NSW Planning Portal, click here, to view bushfire prone areas.
- Search for the property then view the planning layers (on the left) associated with it.
- If it is classed as bushfire prone, a map of the location will appear.
Boundary Adjustment involves subdividing a lot then subsequently consolidating with another lot. If any of the lot being subdivided is affected by Bushfire Prone Land then the process becomes Integrated Development and with require the submission of a Bushfire Assessment Report, an additional "Approval Fee" of $320 cheque made out to the NSW Rural Fire Service and an additional $110 referral administrative charge.
The DA is then referred to the NSW Rural Fire Service for assessment and if satisfactory a Bushfire Safety Authority with attached conditions to be included in the Development Consent.