Catherine Gorrie and the Team at Bushfire Consulting Services

provides the following to suit your needs...

Bushfire Attack Level (BAL) Certificate

A BAL certificate is a statement of the Level of Bushfire Attack for your land or development. It certifies that the development is not in the Flame Zone or BAL 40. A BAL Certificate is a legislative requirement if you are carrying out Complying Development on bushfire prone land. It must be prepared by a suitably qualified consultant in bush fire risk assessment.

Our BAL Certificate satisfies the State Environmental Planning Policy Code (2008) The General Housing Code Part 3, Division 2, Clause 3.4 (2) (a) the development will not be carried out on any part of the lot that is bush fire attack level-40 (BAL 40) or in the flame zone (BAL FZ), or the Rural Housing Code, Part 3A, Division 3 Subdivision 9, Clause 3A.37 (2) (b) the part of the lot on which the development is to be carried out and any associated access way is not in bush fire attack level-40 (BAL 40) or the flame zone (BAL FZ). There are other parts of this Code relating to bushfire which still have to be met, and therefore we recommend you purchase a Bush Fire Assessment Report.

Bush Fire Assessment Report

A Bush Fire Assessment Report provides a Bushfire Attack Level as well as an assessment of the development against the requirements of the Rural Fire Service document, Planning For Bush Fire Protection. It satisfies section 4.14 (s4.14) of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 or section 100B of the Rural Fires Act 1997 and can be used for a development application to Council. It also satisfies clause 3.4 (2) (a) or clause 3A3.7 (2) (b) Development Standards for bush fire prone land under the State Environmental Planning Policy Code (2008)  and can be used for a Complying Development application to a Principal Certifying Authority.

Your report will be structured to assist your local Council development assessment officer and the Rural Fire Service to assess your development. There are a number of bush fire protection measures that can be incorporated into 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 include:

  • Asset Protection Zones
  • Access
  • Building and Construction
  • Water Supply and Utilities
  • Landscaping
  • Emergency Management Arrangements

Your report is tailor made and developed in conjunction with a comprehensive site inspection.

Bushfire Attack Level (BAL) Assessment

If you are thinking of purchasing vacant land and would like a feasability study to help identify development options, we can provide an assessment of the BAL. This report provides an assessment in relation to the future development location or the lot itself. A building envelope can be provided to show where best to locate the development where there is a choice of positions. Our advice is aimed at minimising the BAL as well as providing certainty prior to your purchase.

Bushfire Compliance Certificate

A Bushfire Compliance Certificate is prepared at the end of construction to Certify that the development has been carried out in accordance with the requirements of the Bushfire Attack Level nominated by the BAL Certificate or Development Consent. It will also take into account the requirements of Planning For Bushfire Protection. Your Certifier is entitled to rely on this Certificate in relation to bushfire matters when issuing the Final Occupation Certificate.

Bush Fire Assessment Report for Dual Occupancy or Subdivision

A Bush Fire Assessment Report for dual occupancy provides a Bushfire Hazard Assessment as well as an assessment of the development against the requirements of the Rural Fire Service document, Planning For Bush Fire Protection. In addition, Section 100B of the Rural Fires Act 1997 requires that a Bush Fire Safety Authority (BFSA) be issued by the Rural Fire Service for this type of development on bush fire prone land, and our report meets the submission requirements to enable this document to be issued.

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