This page provides information about the special provisions that were introduced to fast-track the approval of replacement houses on properties affected by the 2009 bushfires.

Bushfire recovery

After the 2009 fires, special provisions were introduced to enable bushfire recovery. This includes allowing for temporary accommodation, and fast-tracking approval of a replacement house on a site affected by the bushfires.

The Minister for Planning has announced that:

  • the streamlined provisions for the replacement of a house will now apply until 30 September 2017.
  • the provisions for the occupation of temporary accommodation will now apply until 30 September 2018.

New temporary accommodation cannot be constructed without a planning permit from your local council.

You can read the relevant provisions at Clauses 52.38 (PDF 27 KB) and 52.39 (PDF 31 KB) of the Victoria Planning Provisions and all planning schemes.

Building considerations and resources

Information about post-bushfire hazards, safety considerations and temporary homes is available from the Victorian Building Authority website.  You can also phone the Bushfire Building Advice line on 1300 360 320, which operates from 9.00am to 5.00pm on Monday to Friday, excluding public holidays.

Fire Recovery Unit

The Fire Recovery Unit (FRU) was established on 1 July 2011 following the closure of the Victorian Bushfire Reconstruction and Recovery Authority (VBRRA). The FRU's role is to assist the ongoing recovery of communities impacted by the 2009 Victorian bushfires, by facilitating strong relationships and clear responses to identified community needs.

For Information about bushfire reconstruction and recovery visit the Fire Recovery Unit website or call 1800 055 714.

Rebuilding dwellings

The Government has streamlined the planning process for rebuilding dwellings, dependent person's units and buildings used for agriculture that were damaged by the 2009 bushfires. This streamlined process is detailed in  Clause 52.39  (2009 Bushfire - Replacement Buildings) PDF, 31.33 KB.

More information is available in Planning Advisory Note 62: Amendment VC119 - Bushfire replacement buildings PDF, 251.06 KB or DOC, 95.5 KB

Changes to Building Regulations

Amendments were made to the Building Regulations 2006 to ensure that specific bushfire safety measures continue to be applied to dwellings being rebuilt and located in a Bushfire Management Overlay.. These amendments ensure that the building permit process requires the provision of dedicated on-site water supply for fire fighting purposes, and access for emergency vehicles.

Information about rebuilding in areas affected by bushfire is available from the Victorian Building Authority website or phoning the Bushfire Building Advice line on 1300 360 320.

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.

Find out more about bushfire in Victoria and the background to the current requirements.