If your property is within a BMO area your property is at risk of being subject to bushfire and working to reduce the potential effect of this risk is required to achieve town planning approval. All new dwellings or renovation and extensions >50% of the existing floor area are required to comply with the four main requirements of the BMO:
Construction Standard– your property will be assessed to determine the level of risk of radiant heat and wind-borne ember attack from a bushfire known as the Bushfire Attack Level (BAL Rating). This rating is determined by the type and proximity of vegetation to your home, direction and steepness of any slope and will result in one of five ratings:
- BAL-12.5 – most minor risk with few additional costs than a typical build.
- BAL-19 – moderate risk with similar requirements to BAL-12.5.
- BAL-29 – high risk with common sense requirements for mitigating risk at a reasonable cost.
- BAL-40 – very high risk and requires the upgrade of doors and windows above the standard.
- BAL-FZ – most extreme risk and requires all new work to meet stringent fire rating requirements.
Defendable Space – you will need to create a defendable space around your home which is maintained during the fire danger period to meet a strict set of requirements in terms of proximity and density of vegetation.
Water Supply – you will need to provide a static a water supply for the purposes of bushfire protection. This is an above ground concrete or steel water tank which depending on the size of your property and proximity to a fire hydrant may be for personal or Country Fire Authority (CFA) use in a bushfire situation.
CFA Access – for more rural site with extended driveways there are requirements to ensure the roadway is suitable for access by CFA trucks in the case of a bushfire emergency.
As part of a town planning submission where the BMO is triggered a Bushfire Management Statement and Bushfire Management Plan is required to be prepared by a qualified Bushfire Consultant that addresses the specific application of the requirements to the site. In this instance we will organise fees from suitable consultants and ensure the outcomes best support your interests.