Three controls likely to affect most people in bushfire areas are the:

  1. Bushfire Management Overlay
  2. Bushfire prone areas
  3. Vegetation management permit exemptions

Does the Bushfire Management Overlay apply to my property?

What does it mean for me?

The Bushfire Management Overlay is a planning control that is incorporated into planning schemes in Victoria. It is applied where the bushfire hazard requires bushfire protection measures to be implemented.

If your property is in a Bushfire Management Overlay, you may need a planning permit if you want to build or develop your land, and you will need to meet bushfire protection requirements.

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How do I find out?

You can find out if your property is covered by the Bushfire Management Overlay by using our free Planning Property Report or Planning Maps Online tools.

Is my property in a bushfire prone area?

What does it mean for me?

Bushfire construction standards apply to buildings in designated bushfire prone areas in Victoria.

If your property is in a bushfire prone area and you want to build on or develop your land, your building permit will require that you meet specific construction standards for bushfire protection..

How do I find out?

To find out if your property is in a bushfire prone area by using our free bushfire prone area report.

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What vegetation management exemptions apply to my property?

What does it mean for me?

Vegetation management 'rules' are included in planning schemes in Victoria to allow landowners to manage vegetation to support the creation of more fire-ready properties.

Planning permit exemptions are available for vegetation management around dwellings and along fence lines.

How do I find out?

You can find out about the exemptions and if they apply to your property by viewing the information on Vegetation management for bushfire protection.

Victoria's planning and building framework

Victoria has one of the highest levels of bushfire risk in the world. However, our 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.