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Development Regulations for Bushfire Affected Land

The NSW Government has updated bushfire planning regulations to reduce red tape with bushfire assessments and speed up approvals for housing developments, whilst ensuring safety remains the number one priority. The changes apply only to new urban release areas in 40 NSW local government areas and do not apply to existing developments in bushfire prone areas.

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Planning for bushfire protection

The Rural Fire Service has published Planning for Bush Fire Protection 2006 on their website to guide developers and councils in requirements for bush fire prone zones.

All development on bush fire prone land must meet these requirements. Councils in NSW must consult the Rural Fire Service when preparing draft local environmental plans for land identified as being bush fire prone.

Councils can undertake the majority of the assessment of development applications on bush fire prone land with only high risk applications needing to be referred to the RFS for assessment.

Standards for bushfire hazard reduction

The Standards for Bush Fire Hazard Reduction Works in SEPP 14 - Coastal Wetlands has been developed to ensure that any bush fire hazard reduction will have minimal impact on the environment.

Buildings less than 20 metres from boundaries outlined in the SEPP 14 – Coastal Wetland  may be exposed to a potential fire hazard and so hazard reduction activities may be imposed  to protect life and property. 

Page last updated: 04/04/2017