The following information is general guidance on returning to your property through to rebuilding your home.
The NSW Government is coordinating the clean-up of NSW residences and businesses impacted by the NSW bushfires. This includes dealing with hazardous materials such as asbestos.
Register online as soon as possible at NSW bushfire clean-up or call Service NSW on 13 77 88.
When returning to your property after a bushfire, consider the following to protect your health:
Not all repairs will require approval from council. Some non-structural repairs are exempt development and do not require an approval. The following table contains some examples of minor works that are able to be undertaken without approval, if your property is not a heritage item or in a heritage conservation area:
|Minor internal building alteration for the replacement or renovation of:||Minor external non-structural building alteration:|
|(a) a doorway, wall, ceiling or floor lining||(a) painting, plastering, cement rendering, cladding, attaching fittings or decorative work
|(b) a deteriorated frame member, including stairs and stairwells
||(b) the replacement of an external window, glazing areas or a door (other than those on bushfire prone land)|
|(c) a bathroom or kitchen
||(c) the repair to or replacement of a non-structural wall or roof cladding
|(d) a built-in fixture such as a vanity, a cupboard or a wardrobe
||(d) the installation of a security screen or grill to a door or window or a security door
|(e) an existing sanitary fixture, such as a grease trap or the like
||(e) the repair to or replacement of a balustrade
|(f) shelving or racking that is not higher than 2.7m
||(f) restumping or repairing structure foundations without increasing the height of the structure
|(g) a work station or counter
For further information on what types of work can be carried out as exempt development, call the Bushfire Response Advice Line on 13 77 88 or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
For a full list of minor building alterations that can be undertake without approval and the relevant provisions that must be complied with, please visit the Exempt Development page on the Planning Portal.
Yes, all fully constructed dwellings (with occupation certificate) that require rebuilding will require approval.
There may be other approvals required as part of these applications, i.e. Local Government Approvals to undertake plumbing work. Before undertaking any work, please contact your local council to determine what approvals are required to rebuild your home.
In certain areas there are some destroyed or damaged homes that were originally built without planning approval.
If your home was built without planning approval, the Department encourages you to contact your council for information about what approvals you will need before you rebuild.
The Department does not have a compliance role with regard to these homes and will not take any action against people who previously built a home without planning approval that has recently been destroyed or damaged by bushfire.
If you would like confidential planning advice about what you need to do before you can rebuild your home, please call the Department’s Bushfire Response Advice Line on 13 77 88.
The recent bushfires in NSW were unprecedented and caused widespread damage. Even though your home was lost or damaged in these fires it does not mean that your property is at high or extreme risk from future bushfires. Knowing your bushfire risk is important because it will help you understand what approval pathway you need to follow and whether any additional measures need to be put in place to reduce the risk from future bushfires.
There are a number of options in order to understand the bushfire risk to your property.
Page last updated: 05/03/2020