Bushfire Attack Level

If your land is in a designated bushfire prone area, you must get a Bushfire Attack Level (BAL) assessment in accordance with AS3959 (2018) before you start designing and building your new home. This assessment will establish what construction methods and requirements you need to meet to help protect the building in the event of a bushfire – ranging from protection from embers to direct flames.

Bushfire Attack Levels and their predicted risk
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How to check that you are in a bushfire prone area

You can find out if your land is in a designated bushfire prone area. To do this, create a free planning property report in VicPlan, the State's online planning maps system.  

The report includes:

  • property details
  • Bushfire Prone Area status
  • a map showing the extent of the designated bushfire prone area relative to the property.

Apply online for a BAL assessment

Nillumbik Building Surveyors provide BAL assessments to apply please complete the online form, a set of architectural drawings for the proposed building is also required to be submitted.

The assessment fee is $250 and once application has been processed you will receive an invoice to the nominated email address which can be paid online. 

Apply