Do I need a Bush Fire Assessment Report or a Bushfire Attack Level Certificate?

It can be quite daunting when you are new to developing and suddenly find you need a Bushfire report or Bushfire Attack Level (BAL) Certificate, especially if you haven't heard these terms before. How can you tell which document you need? Most people aim to gain approval for their development via the Complying Development route. This is commonly referred to as a CDC, which stands for Complying Development Certificate (CDC). In plain English, a Complying Development is development that meets the specific standards in the State Environmental Planning Policy (Exempt and Complying Development Codes) 2008. Applications can be determined by  the Council or a Private Certifier without the need for a full development application.

A CDC is a faster way to go, as legislation requires the Certifier to issue the CDC within 10 days of lodgement. Approach your local Council or to find a list of Private Certifiers in your area, go to the Building Professionals Board website here, where you can search for an Accredited Certifier.

A BAL Certificate must be issued by an Accredited Bushfire Consultant or the Council for a CDC on bushfire prone land. There are a whole range of reasons though, why a CDC might not be able to be issued for the land, and one of those is because the bushfire risk is too high. If this happens, you'll need to apply for your development via a Development Application to the local Council. A Bush Fire Risk Assessment Report is the document you'll need.

A BAL Certificate tells you what the bushfire risk is for your development, and how that risk was worked out. A Bush Fire Assessment Report includes a BAL Certificate and also assesses the development against criteria contained within the Rural Fire Service document, Planning For Bush Fire Protection 2006. If you'd like to read it, you can find it here.

If this still sounds confusing, why not get in touch? You can give us a ring on 0425 833 893 or 02 4744 5800 and speak to Melissa, Laura or Warwick.

 
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