Bush fire prone land is assessed as being able to support a bush fire or likely to be subject to bush fire attack. If your Development Application (DA) is within the buffer areas, it must be accompanied by a Bush Fire Hazard Assessment Report. To confirm whether or not your property is on bush fire prone land or within the buffers you should obtain a Section 149 Certificate.
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The Warringah Bush Fire Prone Land Map 2016
This map was certified by the Commissioner of the NSW Rural Fire Service on 19 May 2016. It shows which areas are considered to be bush fire prone in Warringah. We use the map when planning for bushfire protection.
Understanding the map
On the map, bush fire prone areas and buffers are colour coded Orange, Yellow or Red. Your property is considered bush fire prone if it falls wholly or partly within the orange, yellow or red areas.
- Orange - 'Vegetation Category 1' - the most hazardous category
- Yellow - 'Vegetation Category 2’ - a lesser hazard
- Red - 'Vegetation Buffer’ – showing properties most likely to be affected by a bush fire burning in the yellow or orange areas.
Building on bush fire prone land
All applications for development on within the buffers of bush fire prone land must be accompanied by a Bush Fire Hazard Assessment Report prepared by a suitably qualified consultant. An external suitably qualified consultant is required to determine the Bush Fire Affected Level (BAL). Warringah Council does not determine this.
A Bush Fire Hazard Assessment Report determines the suitability of a proposal with regards to bush fire protection through consideration of the requirements contained within the Planning for Bush Fire Protection document prepared by the NSW Rural Fire Service.
Bush fire prone land and SEPPs
The issue of bush fire prone land is addressed by the State Environmental Planning Policy (Exempt and Complying Development Codes) 2008 (the Codes SEPP).
Complying development is allowed on some bush fire prone land under rigorous assessment.
For more information refer to:
- State Environmental Planning Policy (Exempt and Complying Development Codes) 2008
Subdivision or Integrated Development on bush fire prone land
Development of ‘Subdivision’ or ‘Integrated Development’, such as schools or nursing homes, requires a Bush Fire Hazard Assessment Report, prepared by a suitably qualified consultant. A Bush Fire Authority from the NSW Rural Fire Service must accompany all development applications.
Vegetation on bush fire prone land
The 10/50 Vegetation Clearing Code of Practice is a State Government initiative in conjunction with the Rural Fire Service, not an initiative or policy of Warringah Council.
All works must be undertaken in accordance with the 10/50 Vegetation Clearing Code of Practice. The NSW Rural Fire Service has an online tool where you can find out if your property is in a 10/50 Vegetation Clearing Entitlement Area.
Council is unable to provide advice on the 10/50 Code or any enquiries in relation to the mapping provided under the 10/50 Vegetation Clearing Code entitlement area. For further information please refer to the NSW Rural Fire Service website.
* If the vegetation to be cleared is on adjacent land, then that landowner’s consent must be obtained.