Bushfire Hazard Practitioners are accredited by the Chief Officer of the Tasmania Fire Service to provide advice on matters relating to planning and building in bushfire-prone areas. Bushfire Hazard Practitioners are accredited to certify compliance with planning and building regulations pertaining to bushfire protection. They are private consultants who charge for their services. They are not employed by the Tasmania fire Service.
Generally, as part of a bushfire assessment a Bushfire Hazard Practitioner will:
- Inspect the site and determine the Bushfire Attack Level (BAL);
- Determine suitable bushfire protection measures;
- Prepare a bushfire hazard report; and
- Design and certify a bushfire hazard management plan (BHMP).
Depending on whether your development is at the planning permit or building permit stage, they will also provide:
- A Planning Certificate - certification that a BHMP complies with the planning requirements of the Bushfire-Prone Areas Code (or that the development is exempt due to insufficient increase in risk); or
- A Certificate of Specialist or Other Person - certification under the Building Act that a BHMP complies with the Director's Determination - Requirements for Building in Bushfire-Prone Areas (or that the development is exempt due to insufficient increase in risk).