Often architects and builders do not have internal resources to manage the bushfire reports and certificates required for development approval. Mackay Bush Fire Risk Assessments has an expert understanding of the requirements of council/local government area and can provide a range of reports and (BAL) certificates required for successful building applications.

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Getting it right at the start may increase your first attempt approval success, preventing siting and design issues, costly mistakes and/or delays in the planning, development and approval process.

Mackay Bushfire Risk Assessments can provide building designers by providing them with a clear understanding of the constraints that they are facing before they begin designing.


The aim of this assessment is to help architects and builders understand the constraints and legislative requirements relating to building on or near bushfire prone land.

A pre-purchase or preliminary assessment and consultation can identify potential site constraints and BAL rating for the site and/or identify if the development is able to comply with ‘The Codes SEPP’ for Complying Development purposes in relation to bushfire. This assessment has the potential to save Architects, Building Designers and Builders considerable time and money re-designing and/or re-siting the proposed development.

This report, however, does not take the place of a full bushfire risk assessment which may still be required with the submission of a development application.

A Bushfire Risk Assessment Report (s.4.14 – formerly s.79BA) is needed for new homes, granny flats, dual occupancy or alterations and additions to an existing dwelling in bushfire prone areas.

Mackay Bushfire Risk Assessments provide comprehensive bushfire reports for your Development Application (DA) to Council. Having extensive experience, environmental and bushfire qualifications, we work closely with you, your clients and stakeholders as required in order to achieve their dream of living in the Shoalhaven region.

The report will include what is required for you to develop, design and build on the subject land. By engaging Mackay Bushfire Risk Assessments in the early planning stages, you will achieve greater peace of mind, increased approval success, potentially reducing the BAL rating and associated building costs, planning restrictions and costly delays.

Bushfire Risk Assessment Reports are required for large and small scale sub-divisions, boundary adjustments, sub-dividing dual-occupancies and strata sub-divisions in bushfire prone areas.

Mackay Bushfire Risk Assessments conduct comprehensive bushfire assessments for development applications against the NSW RFS document ‘Planning for Bushfire Protection’ 2006 and AS3959-2009. Under s.100B of the NSW Rural Fires Act 1997, a Bushfire Safety Authority (BFSA) is required from the NSW RFS.

We work closely with you, balancing site constraints, the built and natural environmental requirements, and present a detailed report, outlining what you need to do to achieve compliance. By engaging Mackay Bushfire Risk Assessments in the early planning stages will prevent costly delays, planning restrictions and potentially maximise development yield.

A BAL certificate is a statement of the Level of Bushfire Attack for your land or development. It certifies that the development is not in the Flame Zone or BAL 40 as per Australian Standard (AS) 3959-2009.

This is a NSW legislative requirement if you are carrying out Complying Development on bushfire prone land. It must be prepared by experienced and trusted ‘BPAD Accredited Practitioners’ as Mackay Bushfire Risk Assessments are, recognised under current NSW planning legislation.

We determine the BAL rating to ensure that your development is undertaken in such a way that risk to people and property is minimised and to determine the appropriate level of construction required relative to the potential bush fire attack level (BAL) for the site.

Mackay Bushfire Risk Assessments provide accurate bushfire assessments considering site specific development requirements including provisions for access, water and utility services, siting and design in order to achieve compliance outlined in NSW RFS document ‘Planning for Bushfire Protection’ 2006.

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