Building or developing in bushfire prone areas
South Australia has been mapped into bushfire protection areas, depending on the level of risk.
In addition, the Ministerial Building Standard MBS 008 - Designated bushfire prone areas - additional requirements identifies bushfire prone areas and the extra safety requirements.
Risk by location
Use ‘overlays’ in the Planning and Design Code to identify these risks for a specific area and the extra requirements needed:
- Hazards (bushfire – general risk)
- Hazards (bushfire – medium risk)
- Hazards (bushfire – high risk)
- Hazards (bushfire – urban interface) within 500m of Hazards (bushfire – high risk).
People who want to develop in these areas must comply with specific planning and building requirements. This includes professionals who assess the development applications.
The planning requirements can include:
- whether the application needs to be referred to a fire service
- having dedicated water supplies for fire fighting
- buffer zones between homes and flammable or combustible vegetation
- appropriate access roads.
Other bushfire protection areas
Locations that are not designated as bushfire prone must also be protected from bushfire. These areas are identified in the code:
- Hazards (bushfire – outback)
- Hazards (bushfire – regional)
- Hazards (bushfire – urban interface)
Bushfire recovery - planning and building approvals
People affected by bushfires can ask for a streamlined assessment and faster approval to help them repair or build a new home and outbuildings damaged in bushfires.
Find out more about measures in place to assist with bushfire recovery.
The construction requirements for building in bushfire protection areas are further detailed in the Building Code of Australia.