Bushfire Hazard Practitioners are accredited by the Chief Officer of the Tasmania Fire Service to prepare and certify bushfire hazard management plans. They are private consultants who charge for their services. They are not employed by the Tasmania fire Service.
Generally, as part of a bushfire assessment a Bushfire Hazard Practitioner will:
- Inspect the site and determine the Bushfire Attack Level (BAL);
- Determine suitable bushfire protection measures;
- Prepare a bushfire hazard report; and
- Prepare and certify a bushfire hazard management plan (BHMP).
Depending on whether your development is at the planning permit or building permit stage, they will also provide:
- A Planning Certificate - certification that a BHMP complies with the planning requirements of the Bushfire-Prone Areas Code (or that the development is exempt due to insufficient increase in risk); or
- A Form 55 Certificate of Specialist - certification under the Building Act that a BHMP complies with the Director's Determination - Requirements for Building in Bushfire-Prone Areas (or that the development is exempt due to insufficient increase in risk).