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Planning for Bushfire Protection 2018

March 18, 2019

In 2018 the NSW Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS) prepared a pre-release version of Planning for Bush Fire Protection (PBP) 2018. The purpose of the pre-release version was to provide a transition period between the current 2006 edition of PBP and the new edition. 

The RFS intention was to align the adoption of PBP with the release of NCC 2019 and the new AS3959:2018 (1 May 2019).

However, given the breadth of changes and the complexity of the associated administrative processes, the adoption of the new edition of PBP has been delayed. At this stage, the legislative adoption of the new PBP is anticipated to occur in September 2019.

Importantly, until the new PBP is published and legislated, the current 2006 edition of PBP will continue to remain in force.

The transitional arrangements that were put in place when the pre-release version of PBP 2018 was published have been extended. Proposals that comply with the requirements of the pre-release version of PBP 2018 can still to be considered as a performance solution that complies with PBP 2006. Further information about the use and application of the pre-release edition of PBP 2018 is available on the NSW RFS website.

The 2019 edition of the National Construction Code (NCC) came into effect 1 May 2019 and references AS3959:2018.

The Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000 has been amended to ensure that in NSW, AS 3959:2009 will continue to be the NCC referenced version of AS 3959, until the new version of Planning for Bushfire Protection comes into force.

This means that development applications, construction certificates and complying development certificates must be in accordance with PBP 06 and AS 3959:2009 – until PBP 18 comes into force.

Download the amending regulation.

Further information can be found in HIA’s information sheets on PBP 18 and AS 3959:2018, or contact HIA Building Services team on 1300 650 620

Attend a HIA trade night

Bushfire Protection will be discussed at the following HIA Event:


Orange: 29-May-19