Is your property in a bushfire prone area?
You can find out if your land is in a designated bushfire prone area. To do this, create a free planning property report in VicPlan, the State's online planning maps system.
The report includes:
- property details
- Bushfire Prone Area status
- a map showing the extent of the designated bushfire prone area relative to the property.
Note: When buying or selling property, section 32C of the Sale of Land Act 1962 requires a vendor statement to state if the land is in a designated Bushfire Prone Area. For more information, consult the Consumer Affairs Victoria website.
What are Bushfire Prone Areas?
Bushfire Prone Areas are areas that are subject to or likely to be subject to bushfires.
The Minister for Planning has determined that specific areas are designated Bushfire Prone Areas for the purposes of the building control system.
Designated bushfire prone areas
Specific bushfire construction standards apply in designated bushfire prone areas in Victoria. These bushfire construction requirements are aimed at improving bushfire protection for residential buildings. The creation of the Bushfire Prone Area Map fulfils one of the 67 recommendations made by the Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission.
The Bushfire Prone Area Map for Victoria was reviewed and updated on 10 September 2019.
The 19 councils updated in the 10 September 2019 review are:
Ballarat, Bass Coast, Baw Baw, Cardinia, Casey, Golden Plains, Greater Geelong, Hume, Latrobe, Macedon Ranges, Melton, Mitchell, South Gippsland, Surf Coast, Warrnambool, Wellington, Whittlesea, Wodonga, and Wyndham.
View the Determination that Specified Areas are Designated Bushfire Prone Areas (DOCX, 23.6 KB), incorporating amendments as at 10 September 2019.
Minimum construction standard
A minimum construction standard applies to new residential buildings, schools, child care centres, hospitals, aged care facilities and associated buildings in designated Bushfire Prone Areas. Landowners are required to build to a minimum Bushfire Attack Level of 12.5.
A Bushfire Attack Level (BAL) is a way of measuring the severity of a building's potential exposure to ember attack, radiant heat and direct flame contact.
There are six Bushfire Attack Levels that form part of the Australian Standard for construction of buildings in bushfire prone areas (AS 3959-2009):
- BAL-FZ (Flame Zone).
Bushfire Prone Area Map reviews
The Department has committed to working with local councils, emergency services and other key stakeholders to ensure the map is as accurate and up-to-date as possible. A set of criteria has been established in relation to the mapping:
You can also view an historical listing of municipalities, gazette dates and current plan numbers for the Bushfire Prone Areas.
Sites assessed in the review
The link below shows you the sites that were assessed for possible changes to the BPA mapping as part of the review that has finished and that was gazetted on 10 September 2019.
It will continue to show the sites assessed for approximately five more weeks, and until sites for the next review are identified.
- Further information about building in a Bushfire Prone Area can be found at the Victorian Building Authority.
- The Bushfire Prone Area spatial data can be downloaded from the Victorian Government Data Directory.
- Copies of the Building Act and Building Regulations are available from www.legislation.vic.gov.au.
- You can purchase a copy of Australian Standard AS 3959-2009 from SAI Global http://infostore.saiglobal.com/store/.
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Page last updated: 12/09/19