Australia is a continent subject to bushfire. As we have seen in recent times, the risk of bushfire is increasing and extreme events are becoming more common. Significant losses to life and property have occurred from bushfire events. Land use trends also have been a factor in losses from bushfire as a result of urban areas expanding closer to bushland and “tree change” rural residential development.

Location, design and management of development therefore plays a critical role in minimising the impact of bushfire on development. Consideration of these factors early on the development design process will provide you with the best outcomes for your development both in terms of protection from bushfire and cost.

Our qualified team can provide you with advice on how to best locate and design your development to minimise impact from bushfire. We can also provide you with the reporting necessary for development approvals and help you negotiate the approvals processes.

Our bushfire services include:

  • Assisting with site selection, layout and design of development.
  • Preparation of Bush Fire Assessment Reports to accompany Development Applications in Bush Fire Prone Areas, including both Acceptable Solutions and Alternative Solutions in accordance with the NSW RFS’ Planning for Bush Fire Protection.
  • Preparation of Bushfire Attack Level (BAL) Assessments in accordance with both Method 1 and 2 of the Australian Standard AS3959-2009: Construction of buildings in bushfire-prone areas.