Bushfire Hazard Assessment
Harris Environmental are Bushfire Planning and Design (BPAD) Accredited Practitioners and can provide you with a wide range of bushfire hazard assessments. We have provided assessments and BAL reports to builders, developers, surveyors, planners, architects as well as directly to clients.
Bushfire assessments are required if a development site is on BUSHFIRE PRONE LAND and the type of assessment depends on the proposal.
Types of bushfire hazard assessments we provide:
Regardless of the stage of the rezoning, a bushfire assessment will be required, usually irrespective of what has previously been approved. In the case of Gateway proposals, the assessment focuses on the bushfire risk and provision of asset protection zones, adequacy of water supplies, access capability. Later on, after specific lots have been identified, specific bush fire protection measures for each lot can be determined.
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.
This involves any subdivision of land, including boundary adjustments on bushfire prone land. The consent authority for this type of assessment is the local council. However, approval is only given once the RFS has issued a BUSHFIRE SAFETY AUTHORITY.
Infill involves the construction of a new building, alterations and additions to an existing building without changing any boundaries. The consent authority for this type of assessment is usually the local council, unless the proposal does not meet the standard requirements of the RFS Planning for Protection Guidelines. For example, the proposal may be located in a “Flame Zone”. With these “alternate” proposals, the assessment will also be assessed by the local RFS Development Assessment and Planning branch.
Increased Density on a single parcel of land:
We are often asked to provide assessments for Dual Occupancy or secondary dwellings. These assessments involve consideration of resident evacuation, buffer distances and construction standards.
Check your 149 certificate to see if you need a Bushfire Attack Level (BAL) risk assessment.
Some interesting Bushfire Assessments
- Ecotourist development- south coast
- Special Fire Protection Purposes- Day Hospital Camden
- Rezone proposal- Wollondilly
- Dual Occupancy proposal – Illawarra
- Family Day Care- Illawarra
- Radiant Heat Shield- Ulladulla
- 10 lot subdivision- Camden