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To determine what, if any, bushfire planning requirements apply to your development, please step through the questions that follow.

Once you have completed the questions, you will be presented with an outline of the likely bushfire planning requirements.

Steps:  

Q1 Will your proposed development or new house be located within a State designated bushfire prone area?

Please click here to find out. This link will take you to the Map of Bush Fire Prone Areas on the Department of Fire and Emergency Services website.

What kind of development are you proposing?

*Habitable building means a permanent or temporary structure on land that —

  • (a) is fully or partially enclosed; and
  • (b) has at least one wall of solid material and a roof of solid material; and
  • (c) is used for a purpose that involves the use of the interior of the structure by people for living, working, studying or being entertained.;

**Specified building means a structure of a kind specified in a Local Planning Scheme as a kind of structure to which Part 10A applies in addition to its application to habitable buildings.

Is the size of the lot/s on which you plan to build your house or ancillary dwelling 1,100m2 or greater?

Will your proposed new house or ancillary dwelling be located in one of the following local government areas?

  • City of Armadale
  • City of Cockburn
  • City of Kwinana
  • City of Nedlands
  • City of Perth
  • City of Stirling
  • City of Subiaco
  • City of Swan
  • City of Vincent
  • Shire of Derby - West Kimberley
  • Shire of Dundas
  • Shire of Halls Creek
  • Shire of Leonora
  • Shire of Kent
  • Shire of Kojonup
  • Shire of Meekatharra
  • Shire of Nannup
  • Shire of Ngaanyatjarraku
  • Shire of Nungarin
  • Shire of Plantagenet
  • Shire of Tambellup-Broomehill
  • Shire of Upper Gascoyne
  • Shire of Westonia
  • Shire of Wyndam- East Kimberley
  • Town of Cambridge
  • Town of Port Hedland
  • Town of Victoria Park

Will your proposed new house or ancillary dwelling be located in an area covered by a local planning scheme?

The bushfire regulatory planning requirements only apply to new developments within an area covered by a local planning scheme. If you answered YES at Question 4, your proposed house will be located in a local government area which may not be entirely covered by a local planning scheme.

Therefore, we recommend that you either:

  • contact your local government to enquire if your proposed new house will be located within an area covered by a local planning scheme, or
  • review the local planning scheme regional maps and search for your proposed development lot before answering the question.

Will your proposed new house or ancillary dwelling be located within 50 km of a gazetted townsite?

Landowners proposing to develop a new single house or ancillary dwelling in a remote area, outside a 50km radius from a gazetted townsite, have the option of preparing their own Bushfire Attack Level assessment. You will need to check the following before answering this question.

  • If your proposed new house will be located in either the Perth, Peel, Great Southern or South West regions you should answer NO to this question.
  • For all other regions please check if your proposed new house will be located within 50 km of a gazetted townsite before answering YES or NO below. View the regional maps and then locate your new house location.

Will your proposed new development be located in one of the following local government areas?

  • City of Armadale
  • City of Cockburn
  • City of Kwinana
  • City of Nedlands
  • City of Perth
  • City of Stirling
  • City of Subiaco
  • City of Swan
  • City of Vincent
  • Shire of Derby - West Kimberley
  • Shire of Dundas
  • Shire of Halls Creek
  • Shire of Leonora
  • Shire of Kent
  • Shire of Kojonup
  • Shire of Meekatharra
  • Shire of Nannup
  • Shire of Ngaanyatjarraku
  • Shire of Nungarin
  • Shire of Plantagenet
  • Shire of Tambellup-Broomehill
  • Shire of Upper Gascoyne
  • Shire of Westonia
  • Shire of Wyndam- East Kimberley
  • Town of Cambridge
  • Town of Port Hedland
  • Town of Victoria Park

Will your proposed development be located in an area covered by a local planning scheme?

The bushfire regulatory planning requirements only apply to new developments within an area covered by a local planning scheme. If you answered YES at Question 3, your proposed development will be located in a local government area which may not be entirely covered by a local planning scheme.

Therefore, we recommend that you either:

  • contact your local government to enquire if your proposed development will be located within an area covered by a local planning scheme, or
  • review the local planning scheme regional maps here and search for your proposed development lot before answering the question.

Based on the information you have provided there are no new bushfire planning requirements for your proposed development. We recommend that you contact your local government to discuss your proposal as other planning or building approval requirements may apply.

  • The above information is based on the following: You have checked the Map of Bush Fire Prone Areas on the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) website and your proposed development is NOT located within a State Government designated bushfire prone area.
  • You should consult your local government if your proposed development is located in any of the following local government areas - City of Armadale, City of Busselton, City of Cockburn, Shire of Mundaring and Shire of Kalamunda. These local governments have special control areas relating to bushfire that may have additional requirements.

All subdivision applications in bushfire prone areas should be lodged using a Western Australian Planning Commission Application Form 1A that ticks the box ‘bushfire prone area'. This form should be accompanied with:

  • A BAL Contour Map that indicates the likely BALs for the proposed lots; or
  • If a BAL Contour Map does not exist then a BAL assessment for each individual lot may be used on smaller scale sub-divisions. (A BAL assessment for smaller subdivisions may be more cost effective than producing a BAL Contour Map); and
  • Please also include a Bushfire Hazard Level assessment that covers the subdivision area, if one has been prepared.

It is strongly recommended that you use an accredited Bushfire Planning Practitioner to prepare your BAL Contour Map or individual BAL assessments to accompany your subdivision application. The Fire Protection Association Australia (FPA Australia) can provide guidance on suitably qualified consultants offering advanced bushfire risk management services in Western Australia.

For further advice please refer to the Department of Planning's fact sheets.

The above information is based on the following:

  • You have checked the Map of Bush Fire Prone Areas on the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) website and your proposed subdivision development will be located within a State designated bushfire prone area.
  • You are proposing a subdivision.

Based on the information you have provided you DO NOT require a Bushfire Attack Level (BAL) assessment for planning purposes. You may however require a BAL assessment for your building permit. Additional information on building permits in bushfire prone areas can be found on the Building Commission's website or by contacting your local government.

The above information is based on the following:

  • You have checked the Map of Bush Fire Prone Areas on the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) website and your proposed new house will be located within a State Government designated bushfire prone area.
  • You are proposing to build a single house or ancillary dwelling on a lot that is less than 1,100m2.
  • You should consult your local government if your proposed development is located in any of the following local government areas - City of Armadale, City of Busselton, City of Cockburn, Shire of Mundaring and Shire of Kalamunda. These local governments have Special Control Areas relating to bushfire that may have additional requirements.

Based on the information you have provided, your proposed new house will require a Bushfire Attack Level (BAL) assessment if your application is lodged on or after 8 April 2016. Development approval is required where the BAL assessment indicates that the site is BAL-40 or BAL-Flame Zone (FZ). The BAL assessment will also need to accompany any applications for a building permit lodged on or after 8 April 2016.

It is strongly recommend that you use an accredited Level 1 BAL Assessor or an accredited Bushfire Planning Practitioner to undertake a BAL assessment. The Fire Protection Association Australia (FPA Australia) will be able to provide guidance on suitably qualified consultants offering Level 1 Bushfire Attack Level (BAL) Assessor services in Western Australia. See their website at www.fpaa.com.au. If you are required to engage the services of a Level 2 or 3 Bushfire Planning Practitioner to satisfy the requirements of SPP 3.7, the FPA Australia will be able to provide guidance on suitably qualified consultants offering more advanced bushfire risk management services in Western Australia.

Note: If your development is located more than 100 metres from bushfire prone vegetation a BAL assessment (basic) may be used instead of a BAL assessment. Please refer to the 'BAL assessment (Basic)' fact sheet for further details.

The above information is based on the following:

  • You have checked the Map of Bush Fire Prone Areas on the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) website and your proposed new house will be located within a State Government designated bushfire prone area.
  • Your proposed new house will be a single house on a lot that is 1,100m2 or greater.
  • Your proposed new house is not located in one of the local government areas listed in Question 4, or you have indicated that your proposed new house will be developed in an area covered by a local planning scheme.
  • Your proposed new house will be within 50 km of a gazetted townsite.
  • You should consult your local government if your proposed development is located in any of the following local government areas - City of Armadale, City of Busselton, City of Cockburn, Shire of Mundaring and Shire of Kalamunda. These local governments have Special Control Areas relating to bushfire that may have additional requirements.

Based on the information you have provided, your proposed new house will require a Bushfire Attack Level (BAL) assessment if your application is lodged on or after 8 April 2016. As you have indicated that your proposed new house will be located more than 50 kilometres from a gazetted townsite you may be able to undertake your own BAL assessment (‘BAL assessment in a remote area'). Development approval is required where the BAL assessment indicates that the site is BAL-40 or BAL-Flame Zone (FZ). The BAL assessment will also need to accompany any applications for a building permit lodged on or after 8 April 2016.

If your development is located more than 100 metres from bushfire prone vegetation then you may be eligible to use the more simple ‘BAL assessment (basic)'. Please refer to the 'BAL assessment (basic)' fact sheet for further details.

If the ‘BAL assessment (basic)' does not apply, please refer to the Department of Planning's fact sheet 'BAL assessment in a remote area'.

The above information is based on the following:

  • You have checked the Map of Bush Fire Prone Areas on the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) website and your proposed new house will be located within a State Government designated bushfire prone area.
  • Your proposed new house will be a single house on a lot that is 1,100m2 or greater.
  • Your proposed new house is not located in one of the local government areas listed in Question 4, or you have indicated that your house will be developed in an area covered by a local planning scheme.
  • Your proposed new house will be located more than 50 kilometres from a gazetted townsite.

Based on the information you have provided, there are no additional bushfire regulatory planning requirements for your proposed new house or ancillary dwelling, as it will be located within an area that is not covered by a local planning scheme.

However, some of these local governments contain areas that are subject to the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority Act 2011 or Hope Valley-Wattleup Redevelopment Act 2000. To determine if this applies to you, it is recommended that you contact your local government who can advise of any specific requirements or direct your query to the appropriate Redevelopment Authority.

You will also still be required to comply with any requirements of the Building Code of Australia. Please see the Building Commission's website for further details on building in Western Australia.

The above information is based on the following:

  • You have checked the Map of Bush Fire Prone Areas on the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) website and your proposed new house will be located within a State designated bushfire prone area.
  • Your proposed development will be a single house or ancillary dwelling on a lot that is 1,100m2 or greater.
  • Your proposed development will be located in an area that is not covered by a local planning scheme.

Based on the information you have provided, there are no additional bushfire regulatory planning requirements for your proposed development, as it will be located within an area that is not covered by a local planning scheme.

However, some of these local governments contain areas that are subject to the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority Act 2011 or Hope Valley-Wattleup Redevelopment Act 2000. To determine if this applies to you, it is recommended that you contact your local government which can advise of any specific requirements or direct your query to the appropriate Redevelopment Authority.

You may also still be required to comply with any requirements of the Building Code of Australia for certain classes of buildings. Please see the Building Commission's website for further details on building in Western Australia.

The above information is based on the following:

  • You have checked the Map of Bush Fire Prone Areas on the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) website and your proposed development will be located within a State Government designated bushfire prone area.
  • Your proposed development will be located in an area that is not covered by a local planning scheme.

Based on the information you have provided, a Bushfire Attack Level (BAL) assessment is required to be submitted with your application for development approval.

It is strongly recommend that you use an accredited Level 1 BAL Assessor or an accredited Bushfire Planning Practitioner to undertake a BAL assessment. The Fire Protection Association Australia (FPA Australia) will be able to provide guidance on suitably qualified consultants offering Level 1 Bushfire Attack Level (BAL) Assessor services in Western Australia. See their website at www.fpaa.com.au/. If you are required to engage the services of a Level 2 or 3 Bushfire Planning Practitioner to satisfy the requirements of SPP 3.7, the FPA Australia will be able to provide guidance on suitably qualified consultants offering more advanced bushfire risk management services in Western Australia.

If your development is located more than 100 metres from bushfire prone vegetation a BAL assessment (basic) may be used instead of a BAL assessment. Please refer to the ‘BAL assessment (Basic)' fact sheet for further details.

You may also need to submit a BAL assessment to demonstrate compliance with the Building Code of Australia for certain classes of buildings. Additional information on building permits in bushfire prone areas can be found on the Building Commission's website or by contacting your local government.

The above information is based on the following:

  • You have checked the Map of Bush Fire Prone Areas on the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) website and your proposed development WILL be located within a State designated bushfire prone area.
  • Your proposed development will not be in an area covered by one of the local government areas listed in Question 3, or you have indicated that your development will be developed in an area covered by a local planning scheme.
  • You are proposing to build a *habitable building (e.g. block of units, commercial office or entertainment venue, etc.).
  • You should consult your local government if your proposed development is located in any of the following local government areas - City of Armadale, City of Busselton, City of Cockburn, Shire of Mundaring and Shire of Kalamunda. These local governments have Special Control Areas relating to bushfire that may have additional requirements.

*Habitable building means a permanent or temporary structure on land that —

  • (a) is fully or partially enclosed; and
  • (b) has at least one wall of solid material and a roof of solid material; and
  • (c) is used for a purpose that involves the use of the interior of the structure by people for living, working, studying or being entertained;

 

This tool has been designed to assist you  to determine what, if any, bushfire planning requirement applies to your development. The ‘What do I need to do? assistance tool is an interactive questionnaire that takes you through a short series of questions about your development proposal.  

Each question will offer either a Yes or No option, or a list of specific options to choose from. Depending on your answers, the ‘assistance tool’ will provide guidance on what assessment requirements apply and any specific locational advice.  It will also advise if planning approval is likely to be required, or when you need to seek building construction advice.  

If your development is within a ‘Special Control Area’ you may need to address additional requirements. 

The following five local governments have Special Control Areas relating to bushfire.

City of Armadale

City of Busselton

City of Cockburn

Shire of Mundaring

Shire of Kalamunda 

If you are proposing to build in one of the above local government areas you will need to contact your local government to enquire if your proposed development is within a special control area. 

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