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 a third of Tasmanian Local Government Areas have been approved by the Tasmanian Planning Commission and incorporated into the relevant planning schemes. This includes:

  • Hobart;
  • Clarence;
  • Kingborough;
  • Tasman;
  • Launceston;
  • George Town;
  • Northern Midlands;
  • Break O’Day;
  • Burnie;
  • Latrobe; and
  • Kentish.

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For properties within the abovementioned Local Government Areas, you can now easily determine whether a property is within a bushfire-prone area through the Risk Ready website. 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; and
  • Bushfire Impact Areas – areas that may be impacted by smoke and embers but are not subject to planning or building requirements. 

Published bushfire-prone area overlays can also be viewed through the LIST website using the layer 'Tasmanian Interim Planning Scheme Overlay'. 

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.