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        • Subdivisions

        • Whenever a boundary is altered (made smaller or changed) in a residential or rural residential area planning controls for subdivision is required (if two or more existing lots are consolidated this is not considered a subdivision).

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        • Bushfire Assessments are prepared as part of a rezoning in a bushfire prone area.

        • Infill Development

        • An Infill Development involves new house, alterations and additions in pre-existing subdivisions.

        • Special Fire Protection Purpose Developments

        • Any proposals involving schools, hospitals, bed and breakfast accommodation, eco-tourism, housing for older people, retirement villages, childcare centres, music festivals are considered particularly vulnerable during bushfires and are therefore required to meet some specific requirements. In particular, an emergency/evacuation plan is considered an important component of the strategy to plan for any bushfire risk. The consent authority is the local council but only after the RFS has issued a BUSHFIRE SAFETY AUTHORITY.

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        • Check your 149 certificate to see if you need a Bushfire Attack Level (BAL) risk assessment.

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Special Fire Protection Purposes Development

Special Fire Protection Purposes are those developments that involve buildings designed to accommodate groups of vulnerable people.

These could include: schools, childcare centres, hospitals, tourist accommodation, community centres, retirement villages, festivals and any place that occupants may be more vulnerable to bushfire attack.

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Recent Projects

Special Fire Protection Purposes Development

Schools, childcare centres, hospitals, tourist accommodation, community centres, retirement villages are are included in this classification.


Case Studies


The proposal involved the clearing of all the land required for the residential development, roads and APZ. After the clearing had been undertaken the main bushfire threat would have then been the forest in the three connecting drainage lines/riparian corridors which dissect the subject property. The drainage lines/riparian corridors containing the bushfire threat are characterized […]


We were asked to provide Bushfire Hazard Assessments for a unique farmstay in an 1890s train carriage. The carriage is surrounded by gum trees on the 280-acre property. Issues: Any proposals involving eco-tourism are considered particularly vulnerable during bushfires and are therefore required to meet some specific requirements.

Grasmere Place - Grasmere

This property was zoned RU1 Rural Landscape under the current Camden Local Environment Plan, and was proposed to be rezoned to R5 – Large Lot Residential. Indicative house lot layouts were identified in the assessment and it showed how the proposal can comply with bushfire protection requirements. Final details of landscaping and boundaries will be […]

Appin Road

This proposal involved a new house built in the new development near Apin. There wasn’t any bushfire vegetation hazard within 100 metres of the proposed dwelling. The BAL certificate identified that this proposal was BAL-LOW which means that the building did not require to comply with any BAL construction.


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