Bushfire Prone Land

Bushfire Prone Land

Many properties within Wyong Shire have been identified by the New South Wales Rural Fire Service as Bushfire Prone Land due to a potential fire source being on the property or in the vicinity.

There are several ways that interested parties can identify if a property is classified as Bushfire Prone Land and these are:

1) Consider requesting a copy of a 149(2) Planning Certificate from Council. This document can be ordered from Council upon completion of a "Certificate Application Form" which can be obtained online at http://www.wyong.nsw.gov.au/about-council/forms/.

2) Examine the Bushfire Prone Land Map of Wyong Shire.pdf format Bushfire prone land (2.68 MB)  JPG format  JPEG (6.85 MB).

3) Check our interactive mapping tool  at http://mapping.wyong.nsw.gov.au/WSCMapping/mapping.html# to find out if your property is affected.

Example of bushfire affected property depicted on a Bushfire Prone Land Map.
 “Vegetation Category 1” (coloured orange) is the most hazardous vegetation category, and refers to forest, woodlands, heath and wetlands greater than 1 hectare in size.

“Vegetation Category 2” (coloured yellow) refers to moist forests, scrublands, open woodlands, malle, grasslands and pockets of category 1 vegetation less than 1 hectare in size. “Category 2” vegetation is at less risk from bushfire than category 1 land.

Land that directly adjoins bushland is also classified as “Vegetation Buffer” (coloured red). These are areas in which developments and people are most likely to be affected by a bushfire burning in the adjacent area.

If a property is identified by the New South Wales Rural Fire Service as Bushfire Prone, habitable development proposed for the land will need to consider mechanisms or methods to reduce fire risk for people and structures. This may include setbacks (buffers), construction methods, or a combination of both.
The New South Wales Rural Fire Service offers information about Bushfire Prone Land and what needs to be considered when habitable development is proposed. A document known as "Planning for Bush Fire Protection 2006" is applicable to most bushfire prone land. Recent changes in legislation have introduced a new policy known as the 10/50 Rule that may in certain situations allow some trees and vegetation to be removed without development consent.  Information about Bushfire Prone Land matters can be viewed on the Rural Fire Service Website .

Please note that any proposed development involving habitable structures must be accompanied by a Bushfire Assessment Report when the Development Application is lodged at Council. Council will collect a fee on behalf of the New South Wales Rural Fire Service and forward a copy of the Bushfire Assessment Report to the agency for consideration as part of Council's assessment process. It is possible that in some circumstances, the New South Wales Rural Fire Service may not allow Council to issue development consent because the bushfire risk is too great.

Many residents consider engaging private Bushfire Consultants when preparing the Bushfire Assessment Report as these professionals are well-versed in these matters and fully understand the New South Wales Rural Fire Service requirements. Private Bushfire Consultants can be found online or in the local telephone directory. Council is not in a position to recommend consultants.