Mackay Bush Fire Risk Assessments is a local Shoalhaven specialist on bushfire risk assessment and is able to provide a range of reports and building approval certificates that are required for the successful submission of building applications.

How we help


The qualifications and experience of Andrew Mackay in the building and construction industry are helpful with simplifying the development approval process for new and existing property landowners alike.

A home builder or property owner can benefit from engaging an experienced assessor who is acquainted with the local Shoalhaven Council and local knowledge when planning your home build. Mackay Bushfire Risk Assessments provide bushfire risk assessment services that can enable you to understand the risk to better protect your investment from bushfires. 

A properly undertaken Bushfire Attack Level (BAL) certificates may help mitigate unnecessary costs. There are many benefits to having this kind of certification as it determines not only if your property is at risk for bushfires, but also if you are planning and preparing for your future building endeavors, budgeting as well as negotiating the costs involved.


An assessment of the bushfire risk related to property or new developments are carried out by Mackay Bushfire Risk Assessments.

A developer seeking to develop or subdivide land in the Shoalhaven Region can contact us for assessment of suitability and costs. We can provide bushfire risk assessment reports for single dwellings (s.4.14) to integrated developments (100B) and Bushfire Attack Level (BAL) certificates.

Planning and design of developments in bushfire prone areas is governed by planning and design rules that pertain to subdivisions, rezoning, new constructions and home renovations.


Before you begin the construction of the development, having a pre-purchase assessment can provide you with a better understanding of potential bushfire risks.

A preliminary assessment is intended to help clients understand what to expect going into the process. A bushfire-prone piece of land does impose certain restrictions on its use as well as the design, the building materials, and the cost of construction when it comes to purchasing or building on it.

Although this report aims to reduce bushfire risk to a reasonable extent, it does not replace a full Bushfire Risk Assessment which may need to be completed when a development application is submitted. For development purposes in compliance with the Bushfire Attack Level (BAL) Code, it may be necessary to obtain a Bushfire Attack Level (BAL) certificate carried out by a (BPAD) Accredited Practitioner.

You can achieve increased approval success and potentially reduce construction costs, planning restrictions, and lengthy delays by involving Mackay Bushfire Risk Assessments in the early planning stages – we’ll tell you what you need to do to ensure compliance for your investment.

In bushfire prone areas, a Bushfire Risk Assessment Report (s.4.14) is required if a new house, granny flat, dual occupancy, rezoning or alterations and additions are to be made to an existing house carried out by a (BPAD) Accredited Practitioner. Additionally, Mackay Bushfire Risk Assessments provide bushfire risk assessments for council consideration of Development Applications (DAs) that are required by Shoalhaven Council.

Regardless of the size of the subdivision, boundary adjustments, subdivision of dual-occupancy properties or the construction of special fire protection areas, bushfire risk assessment reports are required for developments and subdivisions in rural and residential bushfire prone areas by a (BPAD) Accredited Practitioner.

Bushfire risk assessments with Mackay Bushfire Risk Assessments are performed by providing a bushfire assessment against the NSW RFS document Planning for Bushfire Protection 2006 and AS3959-2009 for the development applications.

When reducing bushfire risk in a residential or commercial property, it is important to be prepared to deal with all restrictions involved in the build, as well as environmental requirements and what actions should be taken to ensure compliance with legislation are met.

If you are planning to carry out a Complying Development on bushfire-prone land in NSW, you are required to comply with these laws. According to current NSW planning legislation, it is recognised under current circumstances that Bushfire Risk Assessments should be completed by a (BPAD) Accredited Practitioner as part of the submission requirements.

In order to ensure your development is undertaken in a manner which minimises the risk to human life and property and to determine the appropriate level of construction required in relation to the potential bushfire attack, Mackay Bushfire Risk Assessments perform BAL analysis for any intended building project.

A Certificate of Bushfire Attack Level (BAL) is an official statement regarding the risk of bushfire on your property. In accordance with Australian Standard (AS) 3959-2009, this certifies the development is not located in the Flame Zone or BAL 40.

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