Property owners that are looking to build on bushfire prone land in the Shoalhaven Region are often confronted with a difficult and confusing application process. Mackay Bushfire Risk Assessments have expert understanding of the requirements of each local government area and can provide a range of reports and (BAL) certificates required for successful building applications.

How we help


Andrew Mackay’s experience in building and construction, qualifications and experience helps to streamline the development approval process for new and existing property owners.

Home Builders and Property Owners can benefit from employing an experienced assessor, with expert local knowledge and strong connections with the local government area. Andrew’s expertise is trusted by stakeholders and staff in the local government area and the NSW Rural Fire Service.


We assist developers with assessing the suitability and costs associated with developing or subdividing land in a bush fire prone area of the Shoalhaven and Southern Highlands Regions. We offer a range of services that help you make an informed decision and provide Bushfire Risk Assessment Reports for Single Dwellings (s.4.14 formerly s.79BA) to Integrated Developments (100B), Bushfire Attack Level (BAL) Certificates.

Mackay Bushfire Risk Assessments evaluates the bushfire risk elements associated with a property or new development. We give guidance for all building and planning needs and considerations for sub-divisions, new buildings and renovations when it applies to the planning and design rules for developments in Bushfire Prone Areas.


The aim of this assessment is to help clients understand what they are facing before they start. Buying or building on or near bushfire prone land does have certain constraints in relation to land use, building design, construction materials and cost.

A pre-purchase or preliminary assessment can identify potential issues relating to bushfire risk before you start to pay money on the 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. Alternatively, a Bushfire Attack Level (BAL) Certificate may be required for complying development purposes.

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, construction and bushfire qualifications, we work closely with you, to achieve your dream of living within a bushland setting.

Your report will include what you need to do to for your dream development to be realised. By engaging Mackay Bushfire Risk Assessments in the early planning stages you will achieve greater peace of mind, increased approval success, potentially reducing BAL rating and building costs, planning restrictions and costly delays.

By engaging Mackay Bushfire Risk Assessments in the early planning stages will prevent costly delays, planning restrictions and potentially maximise development yield.

Bushfire Risk Assessment Reports are required for large and small scale sub-divisions, boundary adjustments, sub-dividing dual-occupancies and special fire protection purpose developments (SFPP) in rural, rural-residential and residential 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.4.46 (formerly s.91) of the EPA Act 1979 in combination with s.100B of the NSW Rural Fires Act 1997, these developments require a Bushfire Safety Authority (BFSA) from the NSW RFS.

Mackay Bushfire Risk Assessments work closely with you, balancing site constraints, the build and natural environmental requirements, and present a detailed report, outlining what you need to do to achieve compliance.

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.

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 and the requirements of the SEPP Code.

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