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Bushfire recovery – announcement of changes to planning requirements

February 10, 2020

Some changes to the planning system have been announced to help homeowners recover and rebuild after the bushfires.

A summary of the key changes we have to date follows:

  • The demolition, temporary repair and non-structural permanent repair of bushfire affected buildings will be exempt from council approval, unless there are heritage or asbestos considerations. All works will still need to comply with relevant Australian Standards.
  • Temporary accommodation such as caravans and temporary storage of goods using a shipping container on fire affected property will also be exempt from needing council approval.
  • There will be fee waivers for BASIX Certificates and Planning Reform Fund fees on development applications for homes damaged or destroyed in bushfires.
  • Impacted property owners can contact DPIE to arrange for a BASIX Certificate to be issued free of charge.

View the NSW Government's bushfire recovery page.

At this stage HIA does not have full details about how the changes will be implemented, but we will continue to inform members as new information becomes available.

Please contact HIA’s Planning Team on 02 9978 3333 or nsw_planning@hia.com.au with any questions.