Building in bushfire prone areas
This page contains information about building for bushfire risk and protection including:
- Bushfire Prone Areas - maps and property report
- Minimum Construction Standard
- Bushfire Prone Area Map Review
- More information
Bushfire Prone Areas
Specific bushfire construction standards apply in designated bushfire prone areas in Victoria. These bushfire construction requirements are aimed at improving bushfire protection for residential buildings. The creation of the Bushfire Prone Area map fulfills one of the 67 recommendations made by the Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission.
The Bushfire Prone Area Map for Victoria was reviewed and updated on 21 April 2016.
- The 23 councils updated in the 21 April 2016 review are:
Ballarat, Bass Coast, Baw Baw, Cardinia, Casey, Greater Bendigo, Greater Geelong, Greater Shepparton, Hume, Latrobe, Macedon Ranges, Melton, Mitchell, Moorabool, Mornington Peninsula, Strathbogie, Surf Coast, Wangaratta, Warrnambool, Wellington, Whittlesea, Wodonga and Wyndham.
- View the Determination that Specified Areas are Designated Bushfire Prone Areas, Version incorporating amendments as at 21 April 2016
Changes to the Sale of Land Act 1962 now require a Bushfire Prone Area Property Report to be included with the vendor statement. For more information read the news item on the Consumer Affairs Victoria website.
What are Bushfire Prone Areas?
Bushfire Prone Areas are areas that are subject to or likely to be subject to bushfires.
The Minister for Planning has determined that specific areas are designated Bushfire Prone Areas for the purposes of the building control system.
Bushfire Prone Area Report
The Bushfire Prone Area Report is a free property report showing the status of land parcels in Victoria relative to the areas that have been designated as being bushfire prone.
The report includes:
- property details
- Bushfire Prone Area status
- a map showing the extent of the designated bushfire prone areas relative to the property.
Bushfire Prone Area interactive map
The location of designated Bushfire Prone Areas in Victoria may be viewed on our free interactive map service.
This service allows you to:
- navigate to an area of interest by using simple navigation tools
- enter address or location details to find a specific area of land
- obtain a Bushfire Prone Area Report
- produce a custom map or print for later viewing
Minimum construction standard
A minimum construction standard applies to all new buildings in a bushfire prone area. Landowners are required to build to a minimum Bushfire Attack Level of 12.5.
A Bushfire Attack Level or BAL is a means of measuring the severity of a building's potential exposure to ember attack, radiant heat and direct flame contact.
There are six Bushfire Attack Levels: BAL-LOW; BAL-12.5; BAL-19; BAL-29; BAl-40 and BAL-FZ (Flame Zone) which form part of the Australian Standard for construction of buildings in bushfire prone areas (AS 3959-2009).
Bushfire Prone Area map review
The Department has committed to working with local councils, emergency services and other key stakeholders to ensure the map is as accurate and up-to-date as possible.
View an historical listing of municipalities, gazette dates and current plan numbers for the Bushfire Prone Areas.
Victorian Building Authority
Further information about building in a Bushfire Prone Area can be found at the Victorian Building Authority
The Bushfire Prone Area spatial data can be downloaded from the Victorian Government Data Directory
Copies of the Building Act and Building Regulations are available from www.legislation.vic.gov.au
You can purchase a copy of Australian Standard AS 3959-2009 from SAI Global http://infostore.saiglobal.com/store/
Victoria's planning and building framework
Victoria has one of the highest levels of bushfire risk in the world. The planning and building systems ensure that new development is more resilient to bushfire and supports communities to be more bushfire ready.