Bushfire is the ultimate threat so be proactive in planning!

All new development applications, for example, dwellings, home extensions and subdivisions located on bushfire prone land, must meet the bushfire protection objectives of Planning for Bushfire Protection 2019 (PBP 2019).

Our Bushfire Assessment Reports will comply with PBP 2019 and will:

  • Tell you the size and risk of the bushfire hazard' by following PBP 2019 methodology,

  • Explain how and why the proposed development will comply - we won't simply state the proposal is compliant or non-compliant,

  • Argue for the lowest Bushfire Attack Level (BAL) rating on building construction and design following a site inspection,

  • Provide the client, Council and / or the NSW RFS with the necessary information to show the proposed building will be capable of surviving a bushfire.


Abel Ecology BAL reports also provide recommendations on:

  • Asset Protection Zone size and maintenance

  • Landscaping

  • Site ecological and heritage constraints

  • Water supply and utility requirements

  • Access and egress arrangements

  • Emergency management arrangements, and

  • Provide a better understanding of the bushfire risk at the site.

We can also assist with the following:

Bushfire Desktop Study
•    Remote site inspection (based on Aerial mapping – Six Maps / Nearmap Hi Res)
•    Qualified determination of the expected BAL
•    Due diligence before proceeding with serious development plans,
•    Quick turn-around from enquiry to determination (how long?), 
•    Most affordable assessment option.


Bushfire Self-Assessment and On-Site Advice
•    Due diligence before proceeding with serious development plans,
•    One-on-one with the Consultant on-site,

•    Assist you to complete the RFS Single Dwelling Application Kit,
•    Quick turn-around from enquiry to site visit.

Bushfire Attack Level (BAL) Certificate
•    Quick turn-around from quote acceptance to delivery of first draft within two weeks (subject to availability) 
•    Most affordable option of written assessment and compliance.

Checklist for compliance with:  
•    S.4.14 Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979
•    Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000
•    Planning for Bushfire Protection 2019, and / or
•    State Environmental Planning Policy (Exempt and Complying Development Codes) 2008 (CODE 
•    The site visit will address all bushfire protection measures.



Abel Ecology's Bushfire Consultant, Mark Mackinnon, is a BPAD Accredited Practitioner Level 3.

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