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Development applications on bush fire prone land must include a Bush Fire Assessment Report. The report must comply with:
For most single dwellings, you can complete the report using the Single Dwelling Application Kit. This and other documents are available from the NSW Rural Fire Service.
The Bushfire Attack Level, or BAL rating, is a measure of the different levels of bushfire intensity that a home may experience in a bushfire. The BAL rating is determined by applying the method outlined in Addendum Appendix 3 to the RFS publication Planning for Bushfire Protection.
The BAL rating is not pre-determined for your property. It is based on a combination of:
You can get an idea about what BAL might apply to your development from the RFS Single Dwelling Application Kit. Alternatively, and on higher risk levels you may engage Council or an accredited bushfire consultant to issue a BAL Certificate for your development. To engage Council, please complete the form below. Fees apply
The Certificate is indicative. The BAL rating is confirmed as part of the development application process.