Bushfire prone land is land that can support a bushfire or is likely to be subject to a bushfire attack. The City of Ryde Bush Fire Prone Land Map identifies areas that may be at risk in the event of a bushfire. It was updated in February 2018 in accordance with the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979, following certification by the NSW Rural Fire Service.
Bushfire Prone Land Map
To check if your property is in a bush fire prone area please visit the NSW Rural Fire Service website to access their bushfire prone land mapping tool.
Building in a Bushfire Prone Area
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 Bushfire Protection document prepared by the Rural Fire Service.
There are two primary methods for the preparation of a Bushfire Assessment Report:
- Prepare the report yourself using the Rural Fire Service's application kit. This is only suitable for development involving single dwelling application that meets all of the acceptable solutions of the Rural Fire Service's Planning for Bush Fire Protection document. It should be noted that applicants who decide to prepare a report themselves take on the responsibility of providing accurate information to Council and the NSW Rural Fire Service. Submissions of inaccurate information may result in requests for additional information and a delay in the DA process.
- Engage an appropriately qualified bushfire consultant. The Fire Protection Association of Australia provides contact details for consultants with formal accreditation.
In addition to the above, certain types of development on bushfire prone land are identified as integrated development and must be referred to the Commissioner of the NSW Rural Fire Service for consideration.
These types of development are identified within Clause 100B of the Rural Fires Act 1997 and include:
- Subdivision of bushfire prone land that can be used for residential or rural residential purposes, and
- the use of bushfire prone land for the following purposes:
- a school
- a child care centre
- a hospital (including a hospital for the mentally ill or mentally disordered)
- a hotel, motel or other tourist accommodation
- a building wholly or principally used as a home or other establishment for mentally incapacitated persons
- seniors housing within the meaning of State Environmental Planning Policy (Housing for Seniors or People with a Disability) 2004
- a group home within the meaning of State Environmental Planning Policy No 9—Group Homes
- a retirement village
- any other purpose prescribed by the Rural Fires Regulation 2008.
All DAs for integrated development must include three additional copies of all documentation and incur an additional fee of $250 which must be made out to the NSW Rural Fire Service.
Bushfire Assessment Reports Requirements
The following matters should be considered when submitting a Bushfire Assessment Report to Council:
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