Bushfire requirements

Building in a bushfire-prone area
Bushfire maps
Private bushfire shelters
Useful links

All of the Adelaide Hills Council area must meet bushfire construction requirements. Excluded areas also require bushfire fighting facilities when a site is within 500 metres of a high bushfire risk area.

An application is required to satisfy the relevant bushfire provisions in the Planning and Design Code (P & D Code). Habitable structures (dwellings, dwelling additions and tourist accommodation) within the Hazard (Bushfire High Risk) Overlay require a mandatory referral to the Country Fire Service (CFS) where they have six weeks to assess the application. The CFS has the power of direction and all requirements and conditions imposed must be adhered to.

Development Applications within a bushfire risk area are required to demonstrate compliance with the Building Code for bushfire resistance as well as the Ministerial Building Standard MBS-008 Designated Bushfire Prone Area - Additional Requirements July 2020. The Council's Bushfire Services Plan fact sheet (currently being reviewed) provides useful information in this regard. 


View the hazard overlays in the P & D Code for relevant risk levels here  Browse the Planning & Design Code | Planning and Design Code

All private bushfire shelters require building and development approval and concurrence from the Building Committee of the State Commission Assessment Panel (SCAP).


Ministerial Building Standard MBS 008 - Designated bushfire prone areas - additional requirements

Guide for Bushfire Services Plan for Building in Bushfire Prone Areas (currently being updated) 

Council acknowledges that we conduct our business on the traditional lands and waters of the Peramangk and Kaurna people. We pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging as the Custodians of this ancient and beautiful land.
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