Bushfire Attack Level

There are many precautions you can take to help protect your home and maximise your safety from bushfire risk.

If you are planning to build or renovate key steps include:

  • ensuring an appropriate building site location
  • using suitable building materials
  • ensuring proximity to independent water resources
  • managing the vegetation surrounding the building and clearing debris close to the building.

It is also important to ensure your property is accessible for emergency vehicles and has a water supply for fire fighting.

The aim of the residential building standard for bushfire protection is to improve the ability of a building to withstand a bushfire attack. This will provide greater protection for the occupants who may be sheltering inside while the fire front passes.

The Bushfire Attack Level takes into consideration a number of factors including the Fire Danger Index, the slope of the land, types of surrounding vegetation and its proximity to any building.

If you are in a bushfire prone area you are required to complete the Bushfire Attack Level Assessment Report for any domestic building works. Bushfire prone area maps are available at www.land.vic.gov.au.

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