You have just found out your existing house or a house/vacant lot you would like to purchase is located within a Bushfire Prone Area, what does this mean and how will it affect me?

A Bushfire Prone Area is an area identified by the state government Office of Bushfire Risk Management (OBRM) as being at an increased risk of bushfire attack. All Bushfire Prone Areas are shown on the Map of Bushfire Prone Areas and are generally included where an area is located within 100m of classified bushfire prone vegetation.

A designated bushfire prone area triggers the need for a Bushfire Attack Level (BAL) assessment under the Building Regulations 2012. The Bushfire Attack Level Report provides an attack level in kw/m2 based on the distance, slope and type of vegetation. A building needs to include additional construction features (such as bushfire shutters, sarked roof space etc.) to achieve the BAL rating which may add considerable costs to a build.

If you would like more information on Bushfire Prone Areas and the assessment carried out to determine a Bushfire Attack Level, please contact one of our accredited Bushfire Assessors on 0411 648 159 or via e-mail at

Please also see our Bushfire Assessment page for more information.

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