Building for Bushfire

Bushfire-Prone Areas

Requirements for bushfire protection apply to new use and development within a designated ‘bushfire-prone area’ 

A ‘bushfire-prone area’ for the purposes of Tasmanian planning and building legislation includes:

  1. Land that is within the boundary of a bushfire-prone area shown on an overlay on a planning scheme map; or

  2. Where there is no overlay on a planning scheme map, land that is within 100m of an area of bushfire-prone vegetation equal to or greater than 1 hectare.

Bushfire-prone area overlays for over half of Tasmanian Local Government Areas have now been approved by the Tasmanian Planning Commission and incorporated into the respective planning schemes. 

For Local Government Areas that have a published overlay, you can view the overlay on the LISTmap website using the 'Tasmanian Interim Planning Scheme Overlay' layer. 
The Risk Ready website provides another way of viewing the bushfire-prone areas overlay and other natural hazard risk information. The Risk Ready website identifies:

  • Bushfire-Prone Areas – areas within which new use and development must be appropriately designed, located, serviced, and constructed to reduce the risk to life and property (this is the published overlay that forms part of the relevant planning scheme); and
  • Bushfire Impact Areas – areas that may be impacted by smoke and embers but are not subject to planning or building requirements. 

TFS is working with Local Government to implement the remaining draft overlays within each Council’s planning scheme. When published, these overlays will appear on the Risk Ready and LIST websites.