We are a small local Western Australian business and customer satisfaction is our number one priority. We are primarily focused on providing a quality service to local businesses and residents in bushfire prone areas.
We are based in Maida Vale, Western Australia and we service all areas of Perth and Regional Western Australia.
Bushfire Attack Level Assessments or BAL Assessments are critical for properties in bushfire prone areas. Designed to save lives, BAL Assessments assist homeowners to effectively prepare their property in the event occupants need to take shelter from a bushfire.
In warmer climates such as Perth and much of Western Australia, homes and properties are at greater risk of being impacted by bushfire, making BAL Assessments crucial for many.
BAL Assessments are required for anyone who is building a new home, or altering an existing structure, that is located in a bushfire prone area.
WA’s Department of Fire & Emergency Services produces a Bushfire Prone Map that shows areas that are susceptible to bushfire and would need a BAL Assessment.
When you look at the map, you should be able to identify whether your property or proposed structure is within a designated bushfire prone area. On the map, if the red part is inside the boundary of where your property or proposed structure will be located, then you must comply with the new bushfire planning reforms, which include getting a BAL assessment.
Some kinds and sizes of properties may be exempt from the new reforms, but a BAL Assessment may still be required by your local council as part of the building permit approval process. It is important to understand what is required of you and ensure you get qualified advice.
If you are not sure of the requirements specific to your location and property, professional bushfire consultants like WA Fire & Safety can assist you.Contact Us
BAL Assessments are performed by qualified and accredited bushfire consultants who will assess your property and make recommendations that will ensure your home achieves the minimum acceptable BAL rating outlined in Australian Standard AS3959-2009.
Some local councils also require a BAL Report and Certioficate, which must be prepared by a BPAD Accredited Level 1 Practitioner. Our bushfire consultants are qualified to develop such reports and are aware of the varying requirements across different council areas.
Our bushfire consultants must visit the site to determine the fire risk of your proposed structure or dwelling (or proposed changes to it). As part of this they will assess the vegetation on the site and available fuel in the Asset Protection Zone (APZ).
The completed report will include your site plan (showing setbacks, dimensions and distances), imagery of the site and vegetation (including distances and justifications) and the designated BAL Level (Bushfire Attack Level), as well as other relevant information.
The costs of BAL Assessments and ensuring your new building will comply with the required Australian Standards, will vary based on who completed the report, size of the property, complexity, and time.
It is a good idea before making an offer on any land, particularly in a rural setting, to speak to professional bushfire consultants like WA Fire & Safety to understand whether you will require an assessment and how much it may cost to ensure your building will comply. Some places in Perth are almost unbuildable so it pays to check first.
Depending on your BAL level and location you may also need other risk mitigation documents such as Bushfire Management Plans (BMP).
Bushfire Management Plans are comprehensive documents that may be required as part of the development approval process. This is particularly the case where the risk of bushfire is high or moderate, or the development involves multiple lots or roads, or if re-zoning or modifications are proposed to existing envelopes.
Your local council will advise if they require a bushfire management plan and how detailed that document needs to be.
For example, they may ask for a (BMP) BMP Simple or a (BMS) Bushfire Management Statement.
A BMS is typically needed for single lot (including a proposed commercial building) or single house developments. This document outlines bushfire mitigation measures and ongoing maintenance that must be carried out.
A BMP is a more detailed document and may be required for more complex developments where environmental, strategic, or other issues come into play.
Contact us today to find out more about BAL Assessments or Bushfire Management Plans. Our expert bushfire consultants are on hand to assist with any queries you may have.Contact Us
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