WA BAL provides a comprehensive array of bushfire services that are tailored to assist clients in making sure that their homes and surroundings are safe. Understanding the needs of our clients is critical to providing you with the best possible services for your project.

We Assist our Clients by Providing the Following Services

BAL Assessments Required for any new builds in bushfire prone areas, new legislation means a BAL assessment is required in order to obtain a building permit.
Bushfire Management Plans

Provides a consolidated view of the strategies and asset plans targeted at mitigating the risk of bushfire and bushfire impact.

Bushfire Management Statements Used to calculate the defendable space and construction requirements and show how the application meets the relevant objectives, standards, mandatory standards.
Bushfire Hazard Level Assessments Provides a measure of the likely intensity of a bushfire and the likely level of bushfire attack on a site determined by categorising and mapping land as having a low, moderate or extreme Bushfire Hazard Level.
BAL Contour Maps Illustrates the potential radiant heat impacts and associated indicative BAL ratings in reference to any classified vegetation remaining within 100 metres of the assessment area after the development is complete.
BAL Contours Map & Bushfire Management Plan A combination of the services described above.
BAL Compliance Certificate/Report  A Report prepared to advice the building designer of amendments required to plans to ensure the proposal compliance with relevant constructions standards of AS 3595

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Bushfire Assessments & the Planning Process

The State Planning Policy 3.7 Planning in Bushfire Prone Areas, which takes authority from the Planning and Development Act 2005, applies to all planning and development applications located in designated bushfire prone areas. The policy, which is to be read in conjunction with provisions contained in the Planning and Development (Local Planning Schemes) Amendment Regulations 2015, the Guidelines for Planning in Bushfire Prone Areas, and the Australian Standard 3959, details what type of bushfire assessment is required in relation to the stages of the planning process. Indeed, the Western Australia’s planning system, which includes strategic and statutory planning functions, is hierarchical. This means it requires increasing levels of detail as a proposal progresses through regional, district and local planning.

Planning Stage

Scale of Development

Type of Bushfire Assessment

Higher Order Strategic Planning

 

 

Frameworks, region schemes, sub-regional strategies, sub-regional structure plans

Multiple local government areas

 

Strategic Planning

   

Region scheme amendments

Multiple local government areas

Bushfire Hazard Level Assessment or BAL Contour Map (if the lot layout is known).

Consideration of bushfire protection criteria

District structure plans

Several suburbs and cross local government boundaries

Bushfire Hazard Level Assessment or BAL Contour Map (if the lot layout is known).

Consideration of bushfire protection criteria

Local planning schemes and amendments

 

Bushfire Hazard Level Assessment or BAL Contour Map (if the lot layout is known).

Consideration of bushfire protection criteria

Local structure plans

 

Bushfire Hazard Level Assessment or BAL Contour Map (if the lot layout is known).

Consideration of bushfire protection criteria

Subdivisions

   

Subdivision applications

 

BAL Contour Map or BAL Assessments for each lot created (for small-scale subdivision).

Consideration of bushfire protection criteria

Developments

   

Development applications

(Excludes singles houses and ancillary dwellings on lots less than 1,100 m2)

Usually an individual lot

BAL Contour Map or BAL Assessment.

Consideration of bushfire protection criteria

Table 1: Bushfire Assessments & planning process (Source: Adapted from WAPC 2015)

Bushfire Assessments in relation to to the stages of the planning process

Figure 1: Bushfire Assessments in relation to the stages of the planning process (Source: WAPC 2015)