The 2018 edition of the Map of Bush Fire Prone Areas (the Map) comes into effect on Friday 1 June 2018. The Map will be available on the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) website on the afternoon of Thursday 31 May 2018.
This edition of the Map will show both ‘new’ bush fire prone areas and those ‘continuing’ from earlier editions of the Map. All bush fire prone areas will be coloured pink on the Map, with ‘new’ bush fire prone areas identified by a blue cross-hatched overlay.
The Building Regulations 2012 provides a four-month transition before the bush fire construction requirements of the Building Code of Australia (BCA) are triggered for areas that are newly identified as being bush fire prone.
This transition means that the bush fire construction requirements of the BCA will not apply in ‘new’ designated bush fire prone areas until Monday 1 October 2018. The four month transition is not available in ‘continuing’ bush fire prone areas.
To view the Map, or for further information regarding it, please visit the DFES website: www.dfes.wa.gov.au/bushfireproneareas.