Bush fire Recovery
Information about recovering after a bush fire.
Removing rubble does not require Council’s consent, but demolishing partial structures or heritage items might. Please contact Council to find out what approvals you may need.
Structures over 4 metres in height do require demolition by a licensed contractor.
When cleaning up your property, make sure you:
Any structure built before 1987 is likely to have Asbestos Containing Materials (ACM). If in doubt, it’s safest to assume asbestos is present unless you have confirmation in an Asbestos Assessment Report.
Blue Mountains City Council can provide more information on the clean-up to be undertaken at properties including the assessments of health and safety risks. Register your address with Council and we can help check this for you.
The safest way to remove any quantity of asbestos is to get an appropriately licensed professional to come and do the work for you. SafeWork NSW has a list of licensed asbestos assessors on the SafeWork NSW website.
A contractor licensed to undertake Friable Asbestos removal work will be required to remove fire damaged asbestos. A list of licensed asbestos removalists can be found on the SafeWork NSW website.
Yes, but they must be licensed to undertake Friable Asbestos removal work. A list of licensed asbestos removalists can be found on the SafeWork NSW website.
The NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) drops coloured fire suppressant retardants and gels from aircraft during firefighting operations to help slow the spread of a fire. These retardants are not hazardous. But there are some precautions that you need to take.
For more information about what to do if these suppressants have been used on your property, please read the Fire Retardant Fact Sheet.