Bush Fire Safety Authority - New South Wales

Service summary

You will require this authority if you intend to:

  • Subdivide bush fire prone land that could be used for residential or rural residential purposes (for example, building a house); or
  • Undertake development that is a Special Fire Purpose development of bush fire prone land (for example, building a school, child care centre, hotel, retirement villa).

Bush fire prone land is any section of land that has been designated as such by your local Council.

This authority permits you to undertake the above activities and will help to ensure that your development complies with standards regarding setbacks, provision of water supply and other matters that the Authority considers necessary to protect people, property or the environment from bush fire danger. Please see the attached document for information on the planning standards.

The application process will vary depending on the type of development you are undertaking. Please refer to the attached documents or consult the Contact Officer to find out the right process for your proposed development.

Service type


A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible you must:

  • Complete the application form;
  • Provide suitably scaled site plans showing existing buildings and proposed works;
  • Pay any fees;
  • Provide any relevant photos; and
  • Provide any other submission requirements or prescribed information that the Contact Officer may require.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information regarding eligibility requirements.



Please consult the Contact Officer for information on fees to be submitted.



Bush Fire Safety Authority - Please consult the Contact Officer for information on forms to be submitted.

Other resources

Administering agency

Department of Justice
NSW Rural Fire Service

Act(s) name

Rural Fires Act 1997 (New South Wales)

Regulation(s) name

Rural Fires Regulation 2013 (New South Wales)

Contact details

Enquries, Development and Planning
Department of Justice
NSW Rural Fire Service

Operating address:
15 Carter Street
New South Wales 2141
Mailing address:
Locked Bag 17
New South Wales 2142


02 87415175

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