As a result of the bushfires in Christmas 2001, the NSW government introduced legislation to ensure residential and other developments such as child care facilities, hospitals and aged care facilities are not unduly exposed to any major bushfire risk.
To enable identification of bushfire prone areas within Port Stephens, Council has prepared a map in collaboration with the NSW Rural Fire Service.
These maps were developed by analysing factors such as vegetation type and patterns of existing development.
If your property is bushfire prone and you are intending to develop, Council will provide you with information and guidelines relating to your property and what measures need to be taken to enable your development to proceed.
These requirements are also set out in the guideline, Planning for Bushfire Protection which is available from the NSW Rural Fire Service.
Development and Building Section
Phone: (02) 4988 0255