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How do I find my bal rating?

There are 6 main steps to performing a BAL.

  1. Determine your Fire Danger Index (FDI)
  2. Determine your site’s vegetation.
  3. Determine the distance from the site to the vegetation in question.
  4. Determine the slope of the land under the vegetation.
  5. Determine the BAL.

How do I find a NSW bushfire zone?

To confirm whether the lot is bush fire prone, you can check on the Section 10.7 Planning Certificate which can be obtained from the relevant Council. The Tool does not provide an assessment of the bush fire risk you may face on your property. Enter your address including house number, street and suburb or town.

How is fire danger rating calculated?

Fire danger The FDI is a calculated using the degree of fuel curing, the air temperature, relative humidity, and wind speed for a given day. Fire Danger Index (FDI) is estimated using the McArthur Fire Danger Meter for grasslands or forest. The higher the FDI, the higher the fire danger.

How do I lower my bal rating?

Depending on the outcomes of your BAL assessment, building construction standards can be increased to meet the requirements of your assessed BAL. Alternatively, vegetation modification surrounding the allotment/dwelling can be undertaken to reduce the BAL and consequent exposure level during a bushfire.

How much does a bal assessment cost?

The fee for a BAL certificate is $400.

What does BAL FZ mean?

Bushfire Attack Level Flame Zone
The new BAL FZ (Bushfire Attack Level Flame Zone) is the most extreme rating that can be applied to building design and construction. BAL FZ is now applicable to wide swathes of NSW including a large number of North Shore and Northern Beaches suburbs.

Do I need a bal for a shed?

If your property is within, or even partially, within this designation, then you may need to get a BAL (Bushfire Attack Level) Assessment. This would need to be handed in with your Building Application. Depending on the rating you are assigned, it could add little or significant cost to your shed to make it compliant.

When to declare a total fire ban in NSW?

These are usually on very high to extreme fire days. To reduce the risk of fires damaging or destroying life, property and the environment the NSW RFS Commissioner may declare a Total Fire Ban (TOBAN). In a Total Fire Ban no fire may be lit in the open and all fire permits are suspended.

How are fire danger ratings used in emergency services?

The Bureau and emergency services use six Fire Danger Ratings to communicate the level of bushfire risk. The higher the rating the more dangerous the conditions are likely to be. At higher ratings, any fire that starts will likely to be fast-moving and difficult to control.

Where can I find fire information in NSW?

Emergency information. For information directly relating to bushfires please call the Bush Fire Information Line on 1800 679 737 or visit the NSW Rural Fire Service Website here. Welcome to Fire and Rescue NSW. FRNSW is one of the world’s largest urban fire and rescue services and is the busiest in Australia.

When to leave area with high fire danger?

The higher the fire danger rating, the more dangerous the conditions. Check the fire danger rating for your area. For your survival, leaving early is the only option. Leave bush fire prone areas the night before or early in the day – do not just wait and see what happens.