Updates to the Bushfire Management Overlay

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

The Victorian Government has recently reviewed the mapping for the Bushfire Management Overlay (BMO), and our planning scheme maps have been updated to include more properties in the overlay.

These important changes are about making new homes, our communities and the environment safer and more resilient to bushfire.

The BMO is a planning control applied to properties with the potential to be affected by extreme bushfires. Planning permits may be required for new uses and developments in the BMO, including new homes.

The mapping was reviewed as part of the Victorian Government’s commitment to implement all of the recommendations of the 2009 Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission.

The new mapping criteria were developed in partnership with the CFA and CSIRO as part of the Victorian Government’s commitment to implement all recommendations of the 2009 Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission.

You can check whether your property is affected by the BMO using the Victorian Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning's (DELWP) Planning Maps Online resource.

Further to the above, DELWP is currently accepting requests for review of the application of the BMO for nominated sites. Reviews of the BMO mapping will occur approximately every six months.

Please note, that the BMO review is based on the point in time when DELWP visits the site. Hazard removal should therefore be completed before the site inspection. Inspections are expected to take place during January 2018. Any changes will form part of a planning scheme amendment for consideration by the Minister in May 2018 (approximately).

A request to review mapping of the BMO and schedules should use the form provided and be emailed to planning.systems@delwp.vic.gov.au by 15 December 2017. Information about the regular BMO review process and the application form is available on DELWP's web page at www.planning.vic.gov.au. Click here to find out more about requesting removal of the BMO from your property. 

Visit DELWP's Bushfire Management Overlay webpage or contact Council's Planning team on 03 5258 1377 to find out more.