What is a bushfire prone area?

A ‘bushfire prone area’ is an area of land that has been designated by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services that is likely or likely to be subject to the attack of bushfires.

Bushfire prone areas have been identified on the Map of Bushfire Prone Areas using the following website. https://www.dfes.wa.gov.au/regulationandcompliance/bushfireproneareas/Pages/default.aspx

All designated Bushfire Prone Areas are coloured pink on the map. If you are proposing development within a Bushfire Prone Area you may be required to undertake a Bushfire Attack Level (BAL) assessment before development can commence.

A Bushfire Attack Level (BAL) measures the severity and potential risk of ember attack, radiant heat and direct flame contact to a building. After the BAL assessment the property is given a BAL rating which determines any requirements that may be required for construction under the Australian Standard AS 3959-2009 Construction of Buildings in Bushfire Prone Areas, to increase the protection of the building against the threat of Bushfires.

If you require more information on Bushfire Prone Areas, contact our Development and Regulatory Services on
9890 0900.