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Building on bushfire prone land

Planning for bushfire protection

Legal specifications

Laws for building and development on bushfire prone land are set out in Planning for Bush Fire Protection (2019).

If you’re building a new residential dwelling, or renovating a property mapped as bushfire prone land, you must meet these standards.

You will need a bushfire assessment report from a consultant or you can use the Single Dwelling Application Kit (PDF) for a single dwelling or granny flat. (Call Council on 02 6670 2400 to check.)

See NSW Rural Fire Service for more information:

Bushfire prone land map (2012, current)

Download current bushfire prone land map PDF

The map provides the trigger for a more detailed site assessment if you’re planning to build in a bushfire prone area.

All councils are required to map bushfire prone land within their local government area. The maps are based on specifications provided by the NSW Rural Fire Service, and are certified by the NSW Rural Fire Service.

The bushfire prone land map shows vegetation categories, each with a different width buffer.

       Vegetation Category 1 (high risk)

       Vegetation Category 2 (low risk)

       Vegetation Buffer

Due to the introduction of Category 3 (grasslands and other medium risk vegetation), changes are now being made to Council’s bushfire prone land map. This is a time intensive process and may take up to a year to complete. The revised map will then be submitted to the NSW Rural Fire Service for approval and certification.

Note: The bushfire prone land map may not be a true indication of bushfire risk due to changes in the landscape. Land that isn’t designated as bushfire prone may still be impacted by bushfires.

Vegetation categories

Vegetation Category 1

Vegetation Category 2

Vegetation Category 3

Vegetation buffer zones

Check if you’re in bushfire prone land

Find out if your property is affected by bushfire prone land using Council’s online mapping tool.

Use mapping tool

  • Enter a property address to search (top left)
  • Zoom in, click and drag to view the area

Laws and standards for building on bushfire prone land

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