WA Fire & Safety

BAL Assessment

BAL Assessment (Bushfire Attack Level Assessment)

What is a BAL Assessment?

A Bushfire Attack Level Assessment is required to determine the fire risk of a proposed structure or dwelling. The BAL Assessors cannot perform a BAL Assessment (or bushfire risk assessment) without going to site and if you require a Bushfire Assessment Report to submit to your local Shire or council you will need a BPAD Accredited Level 1 Practitioner to perform the site assessment.

The BAL Assessor will be required to classify the vegetation in accordance with Australian Standard 3959-2009 Construction of buildings in bushfire prone areas on the day and it certainly pays to have the Asset Protection Zone (APZ) clear of all fuels before the Bushfire Consultant arrives, otherwise its possible to get a high BAL Rating.

Is my property located in the Bushfire Prone Area?

The easy way to check without asking a Bushfire Consultant is to have a look at Department of Fire & Emergency Services Bushfire Prone Map

If your property is inside the bushfire prone area or the red part is inside the boundary of the property where the proposed structure is sited, then you will be required to comply with the new bushfire planning reforms.

The level of threat also determines different requirements and this can also change with your local shire & Council. WA Fire & Safety tailors their BAL Reports to suit the requirements of your local government area, however it is always recommended to confirm the documents required with your council before getting a WA Bushfire Consultant to conduct the BAL Assessment.

What is a BAL Report?

A BAL Report (otherwise known as a bushfire assessment report) is a document that is provided on the completion of your BAL Assessment, some of the information it contains is:

  • Your site plan, showing setbacks, dimensions and distances.
  • Site overview and imagery
  • Vegetation distances, imagery and justifications
  • BAL Level (Bushfire Attack Level) and further information

What is a BAL Certificate?

This certificate is required for submission with a building permit or DA and displays BAL level for the development

What is a Bushfire Management Statement? (BMS)

A Bushfire Management Statement is a single page document that covers the Bushfire Protection Criteria from the guidelines, sometimes these are required from your local government area in order to place the responsibility back on the home owner to maintain their property and adhere to the local fire break notices.

Shire of Mundaring require these will the majority of applications in the bushfire prone area.

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After seeking several other 'firies' and getting nowhere fast, I found Dwayne to be very responsive and efficient in dealing with my queries. He responded almost straight away to several questions I had following a preliminary report and the charges were reasonable. I would recommend him to anyone seeking to build or subdivide.

June Cahill

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Rosina La Rosa

We recently used Dwayne’s services to obtain a BAL for our property. He was able to attend in a very timely manner. We were extremely impressed with his professionalism. We received both the BAL Certificate and BAL Report within a 24 hour turnaround. The report itself was very detailed showing photos of great clarity. All of this was completed at a particularly competitive price. As such, we would highly recommend Dwayne if you require a BAL.

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