Building in designated bush fire prone areas

Changes to requirements in designated bush fire prone areas

In Western Australia, building work is required to comply with the performance requirements of the Building Code of Australia (the Building Code), which comprises Volumes One and Two of the National Construction Code Series.

The Building Code contains specific bush fire construction requirements for certain residential buildings in designated bush fire prone areas that aim to reduce the risk of ignition from a bush fire. 

Areas identified on the Map of Bush Fire Prone Areas trigger these requirements.

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Go to the Frequently asked questions webpage Information on changes to requirements in designated bush fire prone areas

Construction in bush fire prone areas – information sessions

A series of regional roadshows, south west and metropolitan “construction in bush fire prone areas” seminars provided builders, building surveyors, permit authorities and the industry an opportunity to hear and engage with presenters from and on behalf of the Building Commission.  The presentations covered:

  • an overview of building and planning bushfire reform;
  • amendments to the Building Regulations in relation to building approvals;
  • Steps on the general bush fire requirements for a single house; and
  • construction requirements of AS3959.

An updated version of the presentation slides are available below for general guidance. Please note the slides are not comprehensive and should not be relied on for compliance purposes.  You should always refer to the relevant legislation and standards.

Construction in bush fire prone areas

Presentation slides

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Roof-mounted evaporative coolers

Requirements for installation in bush fire prone areas

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Transition for alterations and extensions in bush fire prone areas

Details on the transition period until 

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