Changes to Bushfire Prone Areas in Perth Central sub-region

The State Government's first steps in responding to the Bushfire Framework Review were effective from July 31, easing the burden for land and buildings previously considered bushfire prone.

The first series of changes include revising the size of blocks considered Bushfire Prone within the Perth Central sub-region. Previously land of one hectare or less was considered to be Bushfire Prone. From July 31, blocks of 1ha to 4ha previously designated Bushfire Prone will no longer be considered Bushfire Prone. That's a significant planning and building bonus in those areas. However, where development applications for land in those areas was lodged on or before July 30, the old rules apply.

Property Council WA Executive Director Sandra Brewer said the changes were a win for common sense.

"Until now, high Bushfire Prone ratings for houses adjacent to very small parcels of bush scrub have added significant costs to homeowners," Ms Brewer said.  "We welcome the action by the State Government to eliminate costly and inefficient regulation, where it clearly wasn’t required. We look forward to future actions that reduce regulations imposed by SPP 3.7 and the Guidelines for Planning in Bushfire Areas, but still ensure people are safe from the threat of bushfires.”

Other mapping changes are to be rolled out between September and mid-2020 as the CSIRO and State Government adjusting their methodology.

More information about planning and building requirements in bush fire prone areas is available online at http://www.dplh.wa.gov.au and http://www.commerce.wa.gov.au/building-and-energy

The map can be found at http://www.dfes.wa.gov.au/bushfieproneareas