Can I do my own bal assessment NSW?

Can I do my own bal assessment NSW?

You can also do a bush fire attack level risk assessment yourself, but you could possibly slow the process down if there are requests for more information from council. There are six bush fire attack levels (see table below). BAL-Low is the lowest bush fire risk and Flame Zone is the highest.

How do you get a bal report?

BAL certificates can be issued and obtained from your local council or recognised bush fire consultants. Please refer to the FPAA website at

Can I do my own bal assessment?

Can I arrange my own BAL assessment? While you are encouraged to use the information provided, you can engage an accredited consultant to prepare an independent assessment. The assessments would still need to be referred to the CFA.

What is a bal report?

Bushfire Attack Level or BAL is a method for rating the intensity of a locations potential exposure to bushfire.

How much does a bal certificate cost?

The fee for a BAL certificate is $400.

Who can prepare a bal assessment?

The chart below describes the six bushfire attack levels (BAL) that are used in the Standard. A site assessment can be made by an owner, architect, building designer, building surveyor or builder to ascertain its BAL, which determines the construction methods that must be used.

How much does a bal assessment cost?

How do I find a NSW bushfire zone?

You can check if a particular area in NSW is prone to experiencing bushfires with the online mapping tool supplied by NSW Rural Fire Service. If your property is identified as being on bushfire prone land, you’ll be given some useful tips to help you minimise your risks.

How do I lower my bal rating?

Depending on the outcomes of your BAL assessment, building construction standards can be increased to meet the requirements of your assessed BAL. Alternatively, vegetation modification surrounding the allotment/dwelling can be undertaken to reduce the BAL and consequent exposure level during a bushfire.

What is Bal requirement?

BAL – LOW There is insufficient risk to warrant specific construction requirements. BAL – 12.5 Ember attack. BAL – 40 Increasing levels of ember attack and burning debris ignited by windborne embers together with increasing heat flux with the increased likelihood of exposure to flames.

Do I need a bal for a shed?

If your property is within, or even partially, within this designation, then you may need to get a BAL (Bushfire Attack Level) Assessment. This would need to be handed in with your Building Application. Depending on the rating you are assigned, it could add little or significant cost to your shed to make it compliant.

How much does Bal 12.5 Cost?

Below is an approximate breakdown of additional costs based on each BAL rating: BAL 12.5 – $2,000. BAL 19 – $3,500. BAL 29 – $8,000.

What information should be on a Bal certificate?

The Codes SEPP specifies that a BAL Certificate need only identify that a site is not BAL 40 or BAL FZ . However the RFS has identified the need to include other relevant information to be incorporated on a BAL Certificate to assist the council, accredited certifiers and developers.

What does Bal stand for?

BAL (Bushfire Attack Levels) Assessments NSW BAL Assessments are provided for individual lots or multiple lots, where the proposed building location is not at Bushfire Attack Level (BAL) 40 or BAL FZ and where the development otherwise complies with State Environmental Planning Policy (Exempt and Complying Development Codes) 2008.

How do I get a Bal risk assessment certificate?

If your self-assessment determines that the development is BAL-Low to 29 and satisfies the relevant development standards, then you can proceed to obtain a BAL Risk Assessment Certificate. If you elect to use a consultant, a list of suitably qualified consultants can be found on the RFS website.

What is a Bal 29 risk rating?

For complying development to occur on lots considered to be low bush fire risk, the land must be certified as being below a BAL 29 risk rating and meet specific development standards for construction on such land. The BAL certificate should also certify the land and any associated access in not BAL 40 or BAL FZ.