Mitigate Bushfire Attack

Bushfires have the potential to occur virtually anywhere under the right seasonal conditions.

Bushfires have the potential to occur virtually anywhere under the right seasonal conditions. To help protect assets and lives, Council's may require a bushfire report when undertaking a development or constructing a building in areas that are designated as "Bushfire Prone" or contain areas of native vegetation. Two types of reports may be required depending on the nature of the activity or project and town planning requirements. These reports are prepared to comply with either the State Planning Policy - Mitigating the Adverse Impacts of Flood, Bushfire and Landslide (SPP1/03) or the Australian Standard for Building in Bushfire Prone Areas (AS3959-2009).

Development

Property Developments requiring town planning approval may call for a Bushfire report.

Developments requiring town planning approval (e.g. 'Material Change of Use' [MCU] or 'Reconfiguring a Lot' [RaL]) may call for a Bushfire report that addresses bushfire mitigation as part of the development process. Reports of this nature are prepared in compliance with the State Planning Policy - Mitigating the Adverse Impacts of Flood, Bushfire and Landslide (SPP1/03). A report of this nature provides a detailed site specific bushfire assessment for the development Site. Measures will also be identified that specifically address bushfire mitigation, to ensure the safety of people and property. Reports prepared according to SPP1/03 are for the purpose of identifying bushfire hazards and measures to mitigate these hazards from impacting on life and property. A report of this nature does not address specific building requirements. SPP1/03 reports also address egress of occupants and access for Fire and Emergency Services vehicles.

Building

If you are building in a bushfire prone area, it may need to comply with Australian Standard (AS 3959-2009).

Buildings constructed in identified 'Bushfire Prone' areas or areas containing native vegetation may be required to be built in accordance with the Australian Standard for Building in Bushfire Prone Areas (AS 3959-2009). This 'Standard' provides a methodology for identifying the Bushfire Attack Level (BAL) prevailing on the site. Standards of construction are then specified for each level of BAL (of which there are 6 ranging from LOW to FLAME ZONE). Site specific reports are prepared that identify the BAL prevailing on the site; standard of construction required and measures to mitigate the threat of bushfire attack. These reports are prepared so that a suitably qualified person such as a Building Certifier - either private or Council - can verify that the building meets the Standard requirements. In some situations reports may be required to address the requirements of both SPP1/03 and AS3959-2009. Advice is provided for landholders in the areas of: Living in a bushfire prone area, Property and building maintenance, Landscaping requirements.

Technical Support

We can help you to understand all of the technical aspects relating to building in bushfire zones - Call us now.

designconXion provides technical advice and support to property owners, building designers, architects, builders and developers undertaking a building or development project throughout Southern Queensland including Toowoomba, Darling Downs, Southern Downs, the Lockyer Valley and South Burnett. Contact us for a quotation to prepare a report to meet your requirements.

How we can help you

Bushire Consultancy
Building Planning

Who we work with

Private Individuals
Property Developers
Local Government
Building Designers
Building Certifiers
Builders

Areas Serviced

Southern Downs
Western Downs
Toowoomba
Lockyer Valley
South Burnett

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