BPAD Accredited Bushfire Consultant

BPAD – Level 3 Consultant who assists Architects, Draftsmen & Builders
with Bushfire Assessments & BAL Certificates.

Servicing Northern Rivers Region Council Areas (Northern NSW)

Helping Architects, Draftsman & Builders  streamline the approval process

Bush Fire Risk Consultants is dedicated to assist Northern Rivers Architects, Building Designers and Builders achieve successful development approval outcomes for their clients.

Bushfire Risk Consultants is run by Melanie Jackson. Melanie has a Bachelor of Applied Science (Environmental Resource Management), Graduate Diploma (Bushfire Protection), BPAD-Level 3 Accredited Practitioner and is a member of FPA Australia.  Melanie has also been a volunteer Firefighter and a Fire Mitigation Officer with the NSW Rural Fire Services in the Northern Rivers.

Bush Fire Risk Consultants is dedicated to assist Northern Rivers Building Designers and Builders achieve successful development approval outcomes for their clients.

Are you designing or building on or near bushfire prone land?

Are you in the planning stage for a building project that will be constructed on or near bushfire prone land? Most architects and builders do not have the staff or expertise to manage the bushfire reports and certificates required for development approval. Bush Fire Risk Consultants has an expert understanding of the requirements of council/local government area and can provide a range of reports and (BAL) certificates required for a successful building application.

Giving you a clear understanding of any constraints

Bushfire Risk Consultants can save building designers from making costly mistakes by providing them with a clear understanding of the constraints that they are facing before they begin designing. We can also help provide advice on achieving an environmentally sustainable balance between risk and amenity.

Getting it right at the start may increase your first attempt approval success, preventing siting and design issues, costly mistakes and/or delays in the planning, development and approval process.

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Benefits of Using Bushfire Risk Consultants

  • Help building designers and builders have a clear understanding of any constraints that will impact the location and design of a structure.
  • Assisting architects and builders achieving an environmentally sustainable balance between risk and amenity.
  • Streamlines the development approval process.
  • Helps to reduce time and costs associated with building approval in bushfire-prone areas.
  • Has expert knowledge of the Northern Rivers region.
  • Has an excellent reputation with local councils.
  • Understands the different building requirements of the various councils/local government areas: Ballina Shire Council, Byron Shire Council, Clarence Valley Council, Kyogle Council, Lismore City Council, Richmond Valley Council and Tweed Shire Council.

Bushfire Assessment Services for Architects, Building Designers & Builders

Pre-purchase and Preliminary Assessment/Consultation

The aim of this assessment is to help architects and builders understand the constraints and legislative requirements relating to building on or near bushfire prone land.

A pre-purchase or preliminary assessment and consultation can identify potential site constraints and BAL rating for the site and/or identify if the development is able to comply with ‘The Codes SEPP’ for Complying Development purposes in relation to bushfire. This assessment has the potential to save Architects, Building Designers and Builders considerable time and money re-designing and/or re-siting the proposed 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.

Bushfire Risk Assessment Report s.4.14 (formerly s.79BA)

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.

Bushfire Risk Consultants provide comprehensive bushfire reports for your Development Application (DA) to Council. Having extensive experience, environmental and bushfire qualifications, we work closely with you, your clients and stakeholders as required in order to achieve their dream of living in the beautiful Northern Rivers region.

The report will include what is required for you to develop, design and build on the subject land. By engaging Bushfire Risk Consultants in the early planning stages you will achieve greater peace of mind, increased approval success, potentially reducing the BAL rating and associated building costs, planning restrictions and costly delays.

Bushfire Risk Assessment Reports for Integrated Development (100B)

Bushfire Risk Assessment Reports are required for large and small scale sub-divisions, boundary adjustments, sub-dividing dual-occupancies and strata sub-divisions in bushfire prone areas.

Bushfire Risk Consultants conduct comprehensive bushfire assessments for development applications against the NSW RFS document ‘Planning for Bushfire Protection’ 2006 and AS3959-2009. Under s.100B of the NSW Rural Fires Act 1997, a Bushfire Safety Authority (BFSA) is required from the NSW RFS.

We work closely with our clients, balancing site constraints, the built and natural environmental requirements, and present a detailed report, outlining what you need to do to achieve compliance. We promise that our service, availability and advice will exceed your expectations. By engaging Bushfire Risk Consultants in the early planning stages will prevent costly delays, planning restrictions and potentially maximise development yield.

Bushfire Attack Level (BAL) Certificates

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 Bushfire Risk Consultants 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 level (BAL) for the site.

Bushfire Risk Consultants 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.

Confused about the process of building on or near bushfire prone land?
Are you looking to conduct a self-assessment?

Before you do anything, download our Simple Guide to Building on or Near Bushfire Prone Land 

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