Catherine Gorrie and the Team 

provide the following to suit your needs...

Bushfire Attack Level (BAL) Certificate

A BAL certificate certifies that a 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 (or the Council). Our BAL Certificates also state the BAL we determined for your development.

Our BAL Certificate satisfies the State Environmental Planning Policy Code (2008) Part 1 Division 2 Clause 1.19A (1) (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), and (b) in the case of development specified for the Rural Housing Code, any associated access way to the development must be on land that is—(i)  not in bush fire attack level-40 (BAL-40) or the flame zone (BAL-FZ), or (ii)  grasslands.

There are other parts of this Code relating to bushfire which still have to be met, and these are all covered in our 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 the above in relation to the SEPP Code 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 2019 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. Wherever possible we suggest ways to reduce the BAL, for example, relocating the position of a development on the land to increase a setback from the hazard.

Bushfire Attack Level (BAL) Assessment

If you are thinking of purchasing vacant land and would like a feasibility 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 on 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.

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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 Bush Fire Assessment Report 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.

Bush Fire Speaking Engagements

Catherine Gorrie can provide a session on bushfire legislation in NSW and update you on the upcoming legislative changes.

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We service the following Council areas:

Bathurst, Bayside, Bega Valley, Blacktown, Blue Mountains, Burwood, Camden, Campbelltown, Canada Bay, Canterbury-Bankstown, Central Coast, Cessnock, Cumberland, Dungog, Eurobodalla, Fairfield, Georges River, Goulburn Mulwaree, Hawkesbury, The Hills, Hornsby, Hunter's Hill, Inner West, Kempsey, Kiama, Ku-ring-gai, Lake Macquarie, Lane Cove, Lithgow, Liverpool, Maitland, Mosman, Newcastle, Northern Beaches, North Sydney, Parramatta, Penrith, Randwick, Ryde, Shellharbour, Shoalhaven, Strathfield, Sutherland, Sydney




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