It is often the case that architects, surveyors and builders are unable to manage the bushfire reports and certificates that are required for development approval. A Mackay Bush Fire Risk Assessment has extensive experience with council and government requirements and can provide a range of reports and certifications necessary for successful building applications by a (BPAD) Accredited Practitioner.

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A successful first attempt at approval may prevent siting and design issues, costly mistakes and/or delays in the planning, development and approval processes. Getting a clear understanding of the challenges for building designers prior to the design process is what Mackay Bushfire Risk Assessments can provide.


This assessment is designed to assist architects and builders in understanding the restrictions and legislation relating to building on or near bushfire-prone land carried out by a (BPAD) Accredited Practitioner.

An assessment and consultation prior to acquisition may reveal potential restrictions on the site and the BAL rating and identify the potential compliance of the development with ‘The Codes SEPP’ in relation to the Compliance Development Criteria for bushfires.

As a result of this assessment, they can conserve significant time and resources by avoiding the need to redesign or relocate the proposed development. While this document is informative, it does not replace a full bushfire risk assessment, which will still be required as part of an application for development.

For new homes, dual occupancy, granny flats or alterations and additions to existing dwellings in bushfire prone areas, a Bushfire Risk Assessment Report (s.4.14) is required by a (BPAD) Accredited Practitioner.

For your Development Application (DA) to Council, Mackay Bushfire Risk Assessments provide comprehensive bushfire reports for the Shoalhaven region.

In the report you will find information about what you need to do in order to develop, design, and construct improvements on the land. By involving Mackay Bushfire Risk Assessments as early as possible in the planning process, you will have increased approval success, as well as a chance of reducing the BAL rating and the associated costs, planning restrictions and delays.

It is a mandatory requirement to provide Bushfire Risk Assessment Reports for all large and small-scale subdivisions, subdividing dual-occupancy boundary adjustments, and strata sub-divisions in high fire-prone zones by a (BPAD) Accredited Practitioner.

Mackay Bushfire Risk Assessments prepare comprehensive bushfire risk assessments for development proposals. Under s.100B of the NSW Rural Fires Act 1997, a Bushfire Safety Authority (BFSA) is required from the NSW RFS.

It is recommended to involve Mackay Bushfire Risk Assessments during the early stages of planning in order to avoid costly delays, restrictive planning, and more. As a part of our work with you, we evaluate the site limitations, the build and environmental specifications and present a report that details what needs to be accomplished in order to successfully achieve compliance.

A Bushfire Attack Level (BAL) certificate specifies the level of bushfire attack on your property according to Australian Standard (AS) 3959-2009 where a certification states that the development is outside the flame zone BAL 40.

The state of New South Wales has adopted legislation that requires a Complying Development Plan to be prepared by a (BPAD) Accredited Practitioner, as well as being recognised by the current NSW planning legislation.

Using the BAL rating will allow you to measure the levels of bushfire attack and to ensure that your building is constructed in a way that will minimise the risk property being damaged by bushfires and for you to know exactly how much construction is needed to protect your project from bushfire damage.

In order to achieve compliance with the guidelines, Mackay Bushfire Risk Assessments provides accurate bushfire risk assessment based on the development requirements specific to a particular site.

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