A bush fire prone area is an area of land that can support a bush fire or is likely to be subject to bush fire attack.
Bush fire prone areas are identified on a bush fire prone lands map, the map identifies bush fire hazards and associated buffer zones within a local government area.
Bush Fire Prone Land Map
Bush fire prone land maps are prepared by local councils across the State of NSW and are certified by the Commissioner of the NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS). Planning law in NSW now requires new development on bush fire prone land to comply with the provisions of Planning for Bush Fire Protection 2006 and must be designed to improve the survivability of the development and the occupants that are exposed to a bush fire hazard.
Planning for Bush Fire Protection 2006
Bush Fire Prone Land Map (pdf)
Building in a Bushfire Prone Area
All development applications (DAs) on bushfire prone land must be accompanied by a Bushfire Assessment Report. The assessment report determines the suitability of a proposal with regards to bushfire through consideration of the requirements contained within the ‘Planning for Bush Fire Protection 2006’ document prepared by the Rural Fire Service.
For further information on the preparation of Bushfire Assessment Reports please refer to Appendix 4 of ‘Planning for Bush Fire Protection 2006. Appendix 4 outlines the requirements for development applications and integrated development.
Appendix 4 of ‘Planning for Bush Fire Protection 2006
Certain types of development on bushfire prone land are identified as integrated development and must be referred to the Commissioner of the NSW Rural Fire Service for consideration.
These types of development are identified within Clause 100B of the Rural Fires Act 1997 and include:
Subdivision of bushfire prone land that can be used for residential or rural residential purposes
The use of bushfire prone land for the following purposes:
- A school
- A child care centre
- A hospital (including a hospital for the mentally ill or mentally disordered)
- A hotel, motel or other tourist accommodation
- A building wholly or principally used as a home or other establishment for mentally incapacitated persons
- Seniors housing within the meaning of State Environmental Planning Policy (Housing for Seniors or People with a Disability) 2004
- A group home within the meaning of State Environmental Planning Policy No 9—Group Homes
- A retirement village
- Any other purpose prescribed by the Rural Fires Regulation 2008.