State Government of Victoria

Planning and rebuilding

Temporary planning provisions introduced to assist property owners affected by the 2009 Victorian bushfires have been extended until 30 April 2014. The provisions affect people yet to commence the rebuilding process, and those living in temporary accommodation on their property.
Download the March 2013 Extension of Bushfire Planning Provisions document (PDF 151.7 KB)

If you intend to rebuild following the 2009 bushfires you have until 30 April 2014 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 2014 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 Bushfire Response Planning Unit (in the Department of Transport, Planning and Local Infrastructure) provides assistance to people impacted by the 2009 Victorian bushfires. The Unit assists people to rebuild and navigate the planning controls, building standards and vegetation rules.

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.

Building Commission

The Building Commission provides a range of information and guides for both individuals and industry about temporary homes and buildings, bushfire shelters, new building standards and bushfire attack levels.

The Building Commission has developed A Guide to Retrofit Your Home For Better Protection From a Bushfire. The guide contains building and renovation ideas to improve the performance of homes when subjected to bushfire attack.

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)
Email the Fire Recovery Unit or call 1800 055 714

Last Updated: 25 February 2014