Bushfire Management Plan

Developments Exempted from BAL Assessment in the Developmental Application process:

The State Planning Policy (SPP 3.7), the Guidelines for planning in bushfire prone region and the Planning and Development (Local Planning Schemes) Regulations 2015 Part 10A – Bushfire risk management (deemed provisions) is a package of reforms introduced in 2015 to safeguard lives, property and infrastructure from the threat and impact of bushfire. In order…

Bushfire Management Plan

Hazard Separation Zone

Similar to an APZ, Assert Protection Zone, a Hazard Separation Zone (HSZ), is a fuel-reduced area that surrounds a building or asset (in accordance with the Western Australian Planning for Bushfire Protection Guidelines). A Hazard Separation Zone is used to reduce the fire intensity when a potential bushfire impacts on a building or asset. Usually a…

Bushfire Management Plan

Asset Protection Zone (APZ)

An Asset Protection Zone (APZ) is an area surrounding a built asset or structure with a reduced fuel load. Including both residential buildings and majoring buildings and APZ provides: A zone used to create segregation between assets and bushfire hazards. A zone where a bushfire cannot find a fuel load, suppressing the fire. A zone…

Bushfire Management Plan

What is AS3959?

AS3959 is the Australian Standard on Bushfire Attack Level (BAL) ratings and the requirements needed to reach the level of construction tolerated in these areas. It’s primarily concern is improving buildings which lie in bushfire prone areas. The standards have been created to better protect building occupants as well as the building itself. The goal…