Narla Environmental strong team of Ecologist Consultants can help you obtain fast, affordable and effective Biodiversity Development Assessment Reports (BDAR) and Tests of Significance (5-part test) to assess biodiversity / flora and fauna / ecological impacts when undertaking Development Applications (DA) and Major Projects / State Significant Developments (SSD) in New South Wales.
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Biodiversity Development Assessment Reports (BDAR)
When a proponent is undertaking a development application (DA) (e.g. dwelling, subdivision, shed, driveway, granny flat) or state significant development (SSD) (e.g. residential village, school, hospital, warehouse, shops, factory) under Part 4 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979, they may be required to engage an Accredited Biodiversity Assessor (such as an Ecologist from Narla Environmental) to prepare a Biodiversity Development Assessment Report (BDAR). This is an official document that identifies how you (as the developer or their delegate) will propose to avoid, minimise and offset impacts from your proposed development upon native vegetation or biodiversity listed under the New South Wales Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016 and the Biodiversity Regulation 2017.
The Biodiversity Offsets Scheme (BOS) Entry Test (BOSET) is a test used to determine when is necessary to engage an accredited assessor Ecologist Consultant to apply the Biodiversity Assessment Method (the BAM) to assess the impacts of a proposal.
It is used for local developments (development applications submitted to councils) and clearing that does not require development consent in urban areas and areas zoned for environmental conservation (under the State Environmental Planning Policy (Vegetation in Non-Rural Areas) 2017).
To assess impacts on threatened species, populations and ecological communities under ‘developments’ and SSD assessed under Part 4 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979, the Biodiversity Conservation Regulation 2017 sets out threshold levels for when the Biodiversity Offsets Scheme will be triggered. The threshold has two elements:
To assess impacts on threatened species, populations and ecological communities under ‘activities’ assessed under Part 5 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979, the Biodiversity Conservation Regulation 2017 sets out threshold levels for when the Biodiversity Offsets Scheme will be triggered. The threshold has two elements:
Area Clearing Threshold to determine if you need a Biodiversity Development Assessment Reports (BDAR)
The area threshold varies depending on the minimum lot size (shown in the Lot Size Maps made under the relevant Local Environmental Plan (LEP)), or actual lot size (where there is no minimum lot size provided for the relevant land under the LEP).
|Minimum lot size associated with the property||Threshold for clearing, above which the BAM and offsets scheme apply|
|Less than 1 ha||0.25 ha or more|
|1 ha to less than 40 ha||0.5 ha or more|
|40 ha to less than 1000 ha||1 ha or more|
|1000 ha or more||2 ha or more|
If clearing and other impacts exceeds either trigger, the Biodiversity Offset Scheme applies to the proposed development including biodiversity impacts prescribed by clause 6.1 of the Biodiversity Regulation 2017, and the proponent will be required to prepare a Biodiversity Development Assessment Report (BDAR).
As the proponent, you must provide the BDAR to the approval authority (e.g. your Local Coucil for local DA, or the NSW Department of Planning for Major Project/SSD) as part of your development DA, major project SSD proposal, or tree clearing application. A BDAR will be placed on public exhibition with the relevant application.
If your Development does not meet the Thresholds to require a BDAR you may instead equire a ‘Test of Significance’ for your Development
Proponents are required to carry out a ‘test of significance / 5 part test’ for all development proposals that do not exceed the Biodiversity Offset Scheme Threshold .
Applying the Biodiversity Assessment Method (BAM)
The Biodiversity Assessment Method (BAM) is the assessment manual that outlines how an accredited person assesses impacts on biodiversity at development sites when preparing a BDAR.
In order to undertake the BAM, Accredited Biodiversity Assessors must enter field-collected data into the ‘Biodiversity Assessment Calculator’ and determine the number and class of ‘biodiversity credits’ the proposed development will need to ‘retire’ in order to meet their offset obligation and achieve approval by the regulatory authorities.
An Accredited Biodiversity Assessor must apply the BAM and prepare the BDAR for submission, no one else is legally permitted to do this.
The consent authority then assesses the application against the requirements of the legislation that the application is being assessed under. The consent authority will determine whether to approve or refuse the application, including by considering the impacts on biodiversity (if any) as outlined in the BDAR.
For the impacts on biodiversity, the consent authority will assess the BDAR against the legal and technical requirements of the Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016, Biodiversity Conservation Regulation 2017 and the BAM.
In order to find out if you need to apply the BAM and develop a Biodiversity Development Assessment Report (BDAR) for your project get in contact with the planning department of your local council, or call Narla Environmental now on 0414 314 859.
Councils often request a BDAR when the subject property is located within the ‘Terrestrial Biodiversity’ (or similarly named) mapping layer that forms part a council’s ‘Local Environmental Plan’ (LEP).
Do you want a free quote for a Biodiversity Development Assessment Reports (BDAR)?
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We want to help with your project approval process!
If a council require you to submit a Biodiversity Development Assessment Reports (BDAR), it is best that you are well prepared before you prepare the final design of your proposed development. Without doing ‘your homework’ you might be inadvertently designing a construction that will impact on every environmental constraint on your property and will
The best way to do this is to undertake a ‘Environmental Constraints Assessment’ that details all of the ecological or other environmental constraints that may arise during the DA. The sooner you know of these issues, the better prepared you, your Architect or Town Planner will be when submitting the DA.
Not quite at DA stage but interested to know more about your the feasibility of your property for a DA?
If you are contemplating purchasing a property or submitting a DA for property subidvision, dwelling alterations, demolition, construction we recommend you commission an ‘Biodiversity Constraints Assessment Report’?
A good Biodiversity Constraints Assessment Report will:
- be low cost to implement
- save you extensive amounts of time and money down the track
- help you, your architect or your planner design a development footprint that has gives you your best chance of DA approval
- inform you if there are additional specialist reports you may need for DA
- allow you to most appropriately and efficiently design your development to best avoid difficult environmental constraints DA stage, rather than risking the possibility council knock-back after DA submission
Narla Environmental’s Environmental Constraints reports address all of the relevant environmental constraints you may encounter during the DA stage. They include maps that show the most constrained parts of the property through to the least constrained, along with detailed information on what the constraints entail and how they may be avoided, mitigated or offset in order to facilitate development.
Implementing an Environmental Constraints Report will maximise your development potential while maintaining a strong chance of obtaining DA approval.
Please contact Narla Environmental a free quote for your next Flora and Fauna Assessment, Test of Signifiance (5 part Test) or Biodiversity Development Assessment Report (BDAR).
How can Narla Environmental help you with your DA needs?
Narla Environmental is an industry leader with extensive experienced in producing, high quality Flora and Fauna Assessments and Environmental Constrains Assessments for DA.
Call us today for a free quote on 0414 314 859
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Narla Environmental can also help you obtain the following reports for Development Applications (DA) and State Significant Developments (SSD):
- Bushfire Assessments
- Cultural Heritage Assessments
- Vegetation Management Plans
- Biodiversity Management Plans
- Bushland Management Plans
- Biodiversity Management Plans
- Biodiversity Offsets Reports
- Biodiversity Development Assessment Reports (BDAR)
- BDAR Waiver
- Test of Signifiance (5-part Test)
- Arborist Reports
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Disclaimer: Some of the information presented on this page has been copied directly from the State of New South Wales and Office of Environment and Heritage . Narla accepts no responsibility for decisions made using information pasted on this website. For more detailed and up to date information visit NSW Office of Environment and Heritage online: http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/biodiversity/offsetsscheme.htm