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Planning and rebuilding

Temporary planning provisions introduced to assist property owners affected by the 2009 Victorian bushfires have been extended until 30 April 2015. The provisions affect people yet to commence the rebuilding process, and those living in temporary accommodation on their property. Visit here for details

If you intend to rebuild following the 2009 bushfires you have until 30 April 2015 to apply for fast tracking of a planning permit.

Beyond this date, planning permit applications are subject to normal planning processes and additional requirements including referral of your application to the relevant fire authority for review.

Once you obtain fast tracked planning approval, you will have two years to commence your construction. This may be helpful if you would like to rebuild but are not yet ready.

Also expiring on 30 April 2015 are the current temporary planning scheme controls that allow you to live in a temporary dwelling on your property.

A planning permit can be sought to make a temporary dwelling into a permanent dwelling.

Contact your local council for further advice regarding planning and rebuilding advice.

Building and planning in bushfire prone areas

The Department of Transport, Planning and Local Infrastructure provides information and assistance to people impacted by bushfires. The Bushfire Building Advice line can be contacted on 1300 360 320.

Bushfire prone areas, which are areas subject to or likely to be subject to bushfires, have been identified across Victoria. Minimum construction standards apply in these designated areas to improve bushfire protection for residential buildings.

The Bushfire Management Overlay (BMO) is a planning scheme provision used to guide the development of land in areas of high bushfire hazard. The BMO consists of a map which shows the areas affected by the BMO and written provisions which set out:

  • the types of development which require a planning permit;
  • the information that must be submitted with a planning permit application; and
  • the decision guidelines that the council must consider when they assess a planning permit application.

Additional information on the BMO is available from the Country Fire Authority.

A guide to retrofit your home for better protection from a bushfire - Building and renovation ideas to better prepare your home in a bushfire situation
Guide to retrofit for bushfire protection (PDF 3.4 MB)
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Last Updated: 16 July 2014