Tomorrow on 8 April 2016, the transition period for the Planning and Development (Local Planning Schemes) Amendment Regulations 2015 and Building Amendment Regulations (No. 3) 2015 to come into effect will expire and the legislation will come into full effect.
Applications for building permits submitted before tomorrow for a relevant class of building in a new designated bushfire-prone area will not need to be compliant with the bushfire construction requirements. The same applies to alterations and additions to existing residential buildings unless in an area that was identified in any way under a local planning scheme as being bushfire-prone prior to 8 December 2015.
All proposed habitable dwelling developments captured by a local planning scheme and located in a bushfire-prone area will thereafter be required to have a bushfire attack level assessment and bushfire attack level report undertaken, unless excluded.
Development approval must be obtained where the BAL rating is BAL 40 or BAL Flame Zone regardless of any existing planning exemptions. It is strongly recommended that a BAL Assessment Report be conducted by an accredited BAL Assessor or Bushfire Planning Practitioner. WA BAL Report are accredited Level 1 BAL Assessors.
On 8 April 2016, the building design and construction for relevant building classification in bushfire-prone areas will need to demonstrate compliance with bushfire construction requirements of the Building Code of Australia. The BAL Report will be used by the registered building surveyor to determine compliance with the bushfire construction requirements of the Building Code of Australia for Class 1, 2 and 3 buildings and associated Class 10a buildings and decks in designated bushfire-prone areas. The Building Commission also urges the use of a professional in this field.
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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 email@example.com.
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