NSW RFS’s Planning for Bushfire Protection Guide Updated

NSW RFS’s Planning for Bushfire Protection Guide Updated

An updated version of the “Planning for BushFire Protection 2019 (PBP 2019)” guide for councils, planners, fire authorities and developers promises to provide improved clarity, design flexibility and appropriate bush fire safety outcomes to people building or re-building in bushfire-prone areas.

Planning for Bush Fire Protection 2019 (PBP) provides development standards for designing and building on bush fire prone land in NSW. It provides standards and guidance for:
* strategic land use planning to ensure that new development is not exposed to high bush fire risk;
* creating new residential and rural residential subdivision allotments;
* special fire protection purpose (SFPP) development taking account of occupant vulnerability;
* bush fire protection measures (BPMs) for new buildings; and upgrading and maintaining existing development.

PBP is applicable to all development on bush fire prone land (BFPL) in NSW. The general principles underlying this document are that:
* a suite of BPMs are required to reduce the impact of a bush fire;
* protection measures are governed by the degree of threat posed to a development and the vulnerability of occupants;
* minimising the interface of a development to the hazard reduces the bush fire risk to the development; and
* good practice in planning, building and management reduces the risk to developments and their occupants, and increases their resilience.

This recent publication was released in November 2019 to update the previous 2006 version. It is based on the best available science and lessons learned through consultation in 2017/18 with local government, NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE) and other key stakeholders.

More information on the document, associated legislative changes and how it can be used for development assessment and strategic planning is available on the RFS website.