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Assisting the bushfire rebuild process

The New South Wales Rural Fire Service (RFS) has streamlined the planning process so people whose homes were damaged and destroyed in the 2019–2020 bushfires can rebuild.
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The government project includes: 

  • Developing Bushfire Attack Level (BAL) mapping for affected areas such that a BAL certificate may not be needed  
  • Providing BAL certificates for all other sites where the BAL mapping does not cover 
  • Supporting BAL-capping for certain sites, so that sites normally in the most extreme risk level (BAL-FZ) can rebuild to a lower BAL category.

This resource explains how the BAL-capping will work for new buildings in bushfire-prone areas. Building to a lower standard that BAL-FZ can be less expensive and can provide some financial relief to those who are rebuilding.

It goes on to outline how local councils will need to grant approval for BAL-capping, but that they will generally seek the RFS’s advice for any approvals that fall within the higher BAL categories.

Access this resource to find out more about the initiative and how to apply for BAL-capping.   

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This resource is designed for builders and industry professionals who are involved in the bushfire rebuilding process.  

What does it include?

  • Planning the bushfire recovery
  • How will BAL-capping work?
  • Why provide BAL-capping?
  • Who approves BAL-capping?

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