In Tasmania specific building standards apply in designated areas potentially subject to natural hazards.
What are hazardous areas?
- bushfire, landslip or flooding
- slope instability
- erosion or coastal inundation (flooding)
- sea level rises or storm surges.
New Determinations for building in hazardous areas
The Director of Building Control has authorised a set of Determinations containing specific building requirements relating to the relevant hazards. These Determinations apply in municipal areas where the Local Council has adopted the Tasmanian Planning Scheme and aim to improve building safety in residential buildings.
The new Determinations are:
- Bushfire hazard areas
- Landslip hazard areas
- Coastal erosion hazard areas
- Coastal inundation (flooding) hazard areas
- Riverine inundation (flooding) hazard areas
When do the new Determinations apply?
The Determinations take effect on the commencement date which is on the first page of each document.
Tasmanian Planning Scheme
The Tasmanian Planning Scheme is a single statewide scheme providing a set of consistent planning rules. The scheme contains planning hazard codes as well as maps defining land subject to various natural hazards.
When a council has not adopted the Tasmanian Planning Scheme
If you plan to build in a bushfire-prone area and the local council has not adopted the new Tasmanian Planning Scheme, there are two Determinations you should read:
- Application of Requirements for Building in Bushfire-Prone Areas (transitional) Determination (PDF, 183.9 KB) (PDF, 183.7 KB)
- Requirements for building in bushfire-prone areas (transitional) Determination (PDF, 367.1 KB) (PDF, 362.2 KB)
When do hazardous area requirements apply?
- permit work, or
- low risk or notifiable work listed in Schedule 1 of the relevant hazard Determination, or
- significant work in a landslip hazard area or bushfire-prone area.
What are the exemptions to hazardous area requirements?
- the land is located outside a relevant hazard area, or
- the work is not low risk work or notifiable work listed in Schedule 1 of the relevant hazard Determination; or
- the work is specified as an exclusion in the Building Regulations 2016 or in the relevant hazard Determination.