Bush fire prone land
Bush fire prone land (BFPL) is assessed as being able to support a bush fire or likely to be subject to bush fire attack. To confirm whether or not your property is mapped as bush fire prone you should obtain a Section 149 Certificate.
The Young Shire Council Bush Fire Prone Land Map 2009
The Young Shire Council Bush Fire Prone Land Map 2009 was developed by Council and the NSW Rural Fire Service (NSWRFS), in accordance with the NSW RFS 2006 Guidelines, and has been certified by the Commissioner of the NSW RFS. It shows which areas are considered to be bush fire prone in Young Shire and is used by Council when considering development and planning for bushfire protection.
The Young Shire Council Bush Fire Prone Land Map 2009 can be viewed at Council, or by downloading the following PDF document:
The Bush Fire Prone Land Map on this website, is provided for indicative use only. The Young Shire Council does not warrant the accuracy or completeness of this mapping. Any person using or relying upon this mapping or the data represented does so without the guarantee or warranty of Young Shire Council. The mapping may not be current and Young Shire Council does not accept responsibility or liability for any errors, faults, defects or omissions within this mapping. In order to confirm if a property is bush fire prone, you should obtain a Section 149 Certificate.
Building on bush fire prone land
If any part of your property is identified as being bush fire prone then certain bush fire protection measures must be included when designing a development. These measures will vary depending on the Bush Fire Attack Level (BAL) assessment of the site, which takes into account the type of development, the degree of bush fire hazard and the distance from the hazard.
Planning for Bushfire Protection is a NSW Rural Fire Service publication that outlines the bush fire protection measures to be included when planning or modifying development in a bush fire prone area. It links the bush fire hazard for a site with appropriate bush fire protection measures.
All development applications (DAs) on bushfire prone land must be accompanied by a Bushfire Assessment Report. The assessment report determines the suitability of a proposal with regards to bushfire through consideration of the requirements contained within the Planning for Bush Fire Protection 2006 document prepared by the NSW Rural Fire Service.
A self-assessment booklet for single dwelling houses (Single Dwelling Application Kit), is available for use, and can be found on the NSW RFS website.
Additional information pertaining to building in a bush fire prone area, is detailed in Council’s Fact Sheet 10 – What are the requirements for building in a bush fire prone area? or more detailed information is available from the NSWRFS website.