What is a Bushfire Attack Level (BAL) Report?

WA BAL Report today sheds some light on the Bushfire Attack Level (BAL) Assessment Report. A BAL Assessment Report is required for properties within moderate bushfire risk areas, known as Bushfire Prone Areas. Its purpose is to ensure that properties in Bushfire Prone Areas are adequately protected from and prepared for attack from bushfire.

The BAL Assessment involves a BAL Assessor making an assessment of the property based on a variety of factors, including the region, the type of vegetation, the slope of the land and the distance of the vegetation to the house.

A BAL Rating is then attributed to the property based on the methods laid out in the Australian Standard (AS 3959) Building in Bushfire Prone Areas. The Bushfire Attack Level ratings are divided into 6 categories:

  • BAL Low
  • BAL 12.5
  • BAL 19
  • BAL 29
  • BAL 40
  • BAL Flame Zone

Based on the BAL rating, specific building design and construction material options are required to be utilised to protect your home from bushfire impact. This may add to the building costs of the house.

State Planning Policy 3.7 Planning in Bushfire Prone Areas and the Guidelines for Planning in Bushfire Prone Areas strongly recommend the use of Accredited Level 1 BAL Assessors or Bushfire Planning Practitioners to undertake various bushfire management measures in designated bushfire prone areas.

For more information

WA BAL Report are accredited Level 1 BAL Assessors and are experts at conducting Bushfire Attack Level Assessment Reports and bushfire prevention in general in Perth and Western Australia. For more information, contact our friendly staff on 08 6114 9356 or at admin@wabalreport.com.au.

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