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.
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.
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.
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)
More information is available in Planning Advisory Note 62: Amendment VC119 - Bushfire replacement buildings (PDF, 251.1 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.
Rebuilding a dwelling destroyed at Wye River 2015
The government has streamlined the planning controls and process for rebuilding dwellings that were damaged by the 2015 bushfires. The Bushfire Management Overlay does not apply to these developments. You can read about the separate arrangements in place at Building in Wye/Sep bushfire affected areas and Wye/Sep Connect Planning and Building.
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.