NEW bushfire planning reforms introduced by the WA State Government now apply to properties in designated bushfire prone areas.
The new bushfire planning requirements came into effect on 8 April 2016. This affects all new development proposals for habitable buildings (e.g. dwellings and associated structures) in bushfire prone areas.
Landowners proposing to build or develop in an area that has been designated as bushfire prone may be required to obtain planning approval from the City prior to the lodgement of a building permit application. A bushfire attack level (BAL) assessment report from an accredited fire consultant may need to be provided with a planning and/or building application.
Property owners can refer to the Map of Bush Fire Prone Areas to check whether their property is located within a designated bushfire vulnerability area.
Further information can also be obtained from the City's Building in a Bushfire Prone Area information sheet*.
NOTE: The bushfire planning reforms only apply to NEW buildings and development. They are not retrospective, therefore existing buildings or approved development will not be affected.
*Information sheet will be available soon.