The Map of Bushfire Prone Areas identifies land in Western Australia that has the potential to be impacted by bushfires. This land is designated by the Fire and Emergency Services Commissioner.
Additional planning and building requirements may apply to new proposals within a bushfire prone area. A further assessment of bushfire risk may also be required to ensure future developments in bushfire prone areas are safer.
The requirements are described in State Planning Policy 3.7: Planning in Bushfire Prone Areas (SPP 3.7) and the Guidelines for Planning in Bushfire Prone Areas (Guidelines). You can find these documents at wa.gov.au.
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.
View the map to see all of the bushfire prone areas in WA (marked in pink). Sites that have been in a designated bushfire prone area for less than four months may not be required to comply with building or planning requirements.
The Map of Bushfire Prone Areas is currently under review to better represent bushfire risk across Western Australia.
A draft Map has been released to support the 2023 Review of the Map of Bush Fire Prone Areas. Consultation on the Map has commenced and will remain open until close of business on 15 December 2023.
The draft Map can be accessed here.
DFES welcomes feedback on the draft Map and your feedback can be provided here.
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.