Bushfire planning resources
This page contains technical information and resources about the application and operation of Victoria's bushfire planning provisions.
Practice and advisory notes
The department's planning practice and advisory notes provide advice about the bushfire planning provisions:
- Practice note 64: Local planning for bushfire protection, revised July 2014 or accessible
An overview of the considerations that can support local planning for bushfire protection, information to assist councils to tailor the Local Planning Policy Framework in response to bushfire matters, and guidance on how to prepare schedules to the Bushfire Management Overlay.
- Practice note 65: Preparing and Assessing a Planning Application under the Bushfire Provisions in Planning Schemes, July 2014 (PDF 3.7 MB)
Advice on preparing and assessing an application under Clause 44.06 Bushfire Management Overlay and associated Clause 52.47 Bushfire Protection: Planning Requirements.
- Advisory note 46: Bushfire Management Overlay mapping methodology and criteria, August 2013 (PDF, 157.1 KB, 4 pp.) or (DOC, 150.5 KB, 5 pp.)
An outline of the mapping methodology and criteria used to determine where the Bushfire Management Overlay (BMO) will apply.
- Advisory note 39: Amendment VC83 – Bushfire protection: Vegetation exemptions, November 2011 (PDF, 775.1 KB, 5 pp.) or (DOC, 63.0 KB, 5 pp.)
Information about planning scheme provision, Clause 52.48 Bushfire protection: Exemptions, which provides vegetation removal permit exemptions around buildings used for accommodation and along fencelines.
- Advisory note 33: Amendment VC83 – Bushfire protection: Community fire refuge and private bushfire shelter exemptions, November 2011 (PDF, 663.2 KB, 3 pp.) or (DOC, 49.5 KB, 3 pp.)
Detail about the new planning permit exemptions for buildings and works associated with a community fire refuge and a private bushfire shelter.
Regional Bushfire Planning Assessments
The 2009 Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission emphasised the importance of considering bushfire matters at all stages of the planning process including through regional settlement planning. In response, a series of six Regional Bushfire Planning Assessments has been produced to help inform councils' planning decisions to support community resilience to bushfire.
View Regional Bushfire Planning Assessments
Fact sheets and guidelines
- Planning and building for bushfire protection, November 2011 (PDF, 353.4 KB, 4 pp.) or (DOCX, 31.0 KB, 5 pp.)
This fact sheet sets out the key elements of the Integrated Planning and Building Framework and provides useful information for those about to apply for a planning or building permit.
- Information about some of the terms associated with bushfire and relevant agencies is explained in
A guide to bushfire tools and products, January 2013 (PDF, 351.9 KB, 5 pp.) or (DOC, 64.0 KB, 5 pp.)
Training for bushfire planning
Extensive training programs to inform planners and other practitioners about the bushfire provisions were provided with the introduction of the provisions.
Agencies and authorities
Other useful information about bushfire preparedness can be found on these websites:
- 2009 Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission
The 2009 Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission investigated the causes and responses to the bushfires which swept through parts of Victoria in 2009. The Commission delivered its Final Report on 31 July 2010 and it is available on their website.
- Victorian Building Authority
The Victorian Building Authority is a statutory authority that oversees the building control system in Victoria. For those who currently live, or plan to build, in a Bushfire Prone Area they provide information on the many precautions you can take to help protect your home and maximise your safety.
- Country Fire Authority
The CFA provides a range of risk reduction, fire suppression and incident management services to minimise the impact of fires and other emergencies on Victorian communities.
- Department of Justice
Further information on the government's approach to fire safety can be found at the Department of Justice web site. This includes the government's buy-back scheme for bushfire affected properties.
- Department of Environment and Primary Industries
The Department of Environment and Primary Industries is Victoria's lead government agency for sustainable management of water resources, climate change, bushfires, public land, forests and ecosystems. It's emergency planning and recovery programs assist Victoria's rural landholders to prepare for natural disasters and support during and after an incident with animal health and welfare, pasture management, pest and animal control, erosion protection, livestock feed planning and other issues.
- Emergency Management Commissioner
The Emergency Management Commissioner drives integration between the fire services, emergency management partners and the community.
- Metropolitan Fire Brigade
The MFB provides fire and rescue services, undertakes building inspections and fire investigation, and contributes to development of regulation, codes and standards, fire prevention and risk management and increasing community education and awareness.
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.