Additional planning and building requirements may apply to developments and subdivisions within designated bushfire prone areas, in accordance with Schedule 2 Part 10A of the Planning and Development (Local Planning Schemes) Regulations 2015, SPP-3.7, the Guidelines, and the Building Code of Australia.
If you are the proponent, you’ll be responsible for ensuring that the proposal complies with the relevant planning policies and building regulations. Certain exemptions and exclusions may apply.
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The State Government is currently reviewing WA’s bushfire planning and building frameworks. This is to ensure they are based on scientific evidence and adapted to the State’s landscapes and bushfire risks.
A working group representing DFES, DPLH, DMIRS and the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) is undertaking the review. It’s anticipated an updated Map of Bushfire Prone Areas, draft SPP 3.7 and the Guidelines will be released for public discussion before being finalised in 2022. A 2021 Interim Review of the existing Map is being conducted in consultation with local governments and the relevant State agencies to maintain its currency and accuracy.
The key bodies who make decisions about land use in Western Australia are:
DFES has an important role to play in advising these decision makers on bushfire risk issues in accordance with SPP 3.7 and Guidelines. Decision makers can refer planning proposals in designated bushfire prone areas to our Land Use Planning team for advice.
The Land Use Planning team also provide evidence for the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) proceedings on bushfire risk, together with its consequences for planning decisions; and act as a referral agency when there is Unexploded Ordnance (UXO) contamination.
Unexploded Ordnance (UXO) refers to ammunition which has been fired but has not functioned as designed. Search and remediation conditions are placed by DFES on planning approvals, with search and remediation to be carried out by contractors approved by the Department of Defence.
UXO data for WA is owned by DFES and published by the Department of Defence. Find more information here.
An overview of how to use the Map of Bushfire Prone Areas.
Get the answers to FAQs about the Map of Bushfire Prone Areas.
View an outline of the mapping methodology for the Map of Bushfire Prone Areas.
Get information about bushfire prone areas as a property interest in WA.
All bushfire prone datasets are available to download by searching ‘OBRM’.
Current and historical datasets are available to download from Landgate Shared Location Information Platform (SLIP) and Data WA in Shapefile, Web Mapping Service (WMS) and Web Feature Service (WFS) format.
For map and dataset queries, contact us at the Office of Bushfire Risk Management.
To enquire about a referral or UXO contamination, contact the Land Use Planning team.