Bushfire prone land

Bushfire prone land is an area of land that can support a bushfire or is likely to be subject to bushfire attack. The Singleton Bushfire Prone Land Map is certified by the NSW Rural Fire Service.  It shows all land considered to be at risk from bushfire.

A property is bushfire prone if it is wholly or partly located in the coloured area on the Singleton Bushfire Prone Land Map.

WHAT DO THE COLOURS ON THE MAP MEAN?

Planning for Bushfire Protection 2006 specifies the following colours for mapping:

  • Orange – Vegetation Category 1 – this is the most hazardous vegetation category.
  • Yellow – Vegetation Category 2 – within the Local Government Area (LGA) these are smaller, isolated pockets of vegetation that are of a lesser hazard than Vegetation Category 1.
  • Red – Vegetation buffer – these are areas in which developments and people are most likely to be affected by bush fire.  The red area extends for a distance of 100 metres from the category 1 areas and 30 metres from category 2 areas.

Planning for Bushfire Protection (PBP) 2018 specifies the following colours for mapping:

  • Red – Vegetation Category 1 – this is the most hazardous vegetation category.
  • Light Orange – Vegetation Category 2 – this is a lower risk than Category 1 and Category 3 but higher than areas excluded by the PBP2018.
  • Dark Orange – Vegetation Category 3 – this is medium bush fire risk vegetation.

WHAT DOES IT MEAN IF MY PROPERTY IS LOCATED ON BUSHFIRE PRONE LAND?

If the property is located within the bushfire prone land map, bushfire protection measures are likely to be needed when designing a development.  Council must also take into account the bushfire risk in the assessment of a Development Application, Construction Certificate or Complying Development Certificate for that land.

Special building setbacks, landscaping and construction requirements may apply.  This will depend on the type of development, the degree of bush fire hazard and the distance from the hazard.

Further information is available from the NSW Rural Fire Service

WHAT ARE THE CONSTRUCTION REQUIREMENTS FOR BUSHFIRE PRONE AREAS?

Planning for Bushfire Protection is the NSW Rural Fire Service bushfire protection measures to be include when planning or modifying development in a bushfire prone area.  It links the bushfire hazard for a site with appropriate bushfire protection measures including:

  • Asset Protection Zones (fuel reduced areas)
  • Building construction standards and design (using Australian Standard AS3959)
  • Access arrangements for residents, fire fighters, emergency service workers and those involved in evacuation
  • Water supply and utilities
  • Emergency management arrangements, and
  • Suitable landscaping to limit fire spreading to a building.

MAP ACCURACY

The edge of the bush fire prone land on the map is an artificial boundary.  The impact of a bush fire may not be limited to designated bush fire prone areas.

The bush fire prone land map has been produced from aerial photos and vegetation maps.  Field surveys have occurred, but in some areas it is very likely difficult to map the edge of the vegetation.

If an applicant disagrees that a particular property is bush fire prone, it is their responsibility to provide more detailed information in a form of a survey showing the distance from the nearest bush fire hazard to the proposed development.