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The NSW RFS project includes:
Wherever possible the RFS will encourage that the new building be built further away from the hazard or that larger Asset Protection Zones (APZs) be included in the development to lower the hazard to BAL-40.
In circumstances where this cannot be achieved the BAL can be ‘capped’ at BAL-40 provided the following criteria is met:
Building to BAL-FZ can cost 25–50% more than a standard dwelling depending on the type and size of the home. Providing this more flexible option may provide some relief for those rebuilding.
It is not known what impact, if any, this approach could have on insurance premiums. It is recommended that each individual consult with their insurance broker for more information.
No, only people rebuilding their homes that were lost in the 2019–20 bushfires.
The RFS is not a Consent Authority so you will need approval from your local council to take advantage of this BAL-capping. However, councils generally seek the RFS’ advice for any approvals that are in BAL-FZ or BAL-40. While it is the council that must approve this approach, it will likely be done under the guidance of the RFS.
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