Bushfire recovery 2019-20

The Victorian Government is helping communities impacted by the 2019-20 Victorian bushfires by developing new planning provisions to support recovery and rebuilding..

Temporary accommodation and businesses

Making temporary accommodation easier - Clause 52.07

When people lose their home to a bushfire, providing access to temporary housing is a vital step towards recovery.

Clause 52.07 of the planning scheme allows people to set up temporary housing on their land without a planning permit.

The clause also applies to damaged or destroyed businesses. It allows business owners to set up temporary premises without a planning permit.

There are still some things you will need to do before you can set up temporary accommodation.

You can find out more in the fact sheet Planning permit exemptions for bushfire recovery (PDF, 438.9 KB) or (DOCX, 30.5 KB).

There are also Frequently Asked Questions sheets for homeowners and businesses available here:

Building considerations and resources

Information about post-bushfire hazards, safety considerations and temporary accommodation is available from the Victorian Building Authority.

Following the 2009 bushfires, amendments were made to the Building Regulations 2006 to ensure that specific bushfire safety measures related to construction continue to be applied to dwellings being rebuilt and located in a Bushfire Management Overlay. These amendments ensure that the building permit process requires specific provisions, including 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.

Other relevant websites

Previous bushfires

There are existing provisions for properties affected by the Wye River bushfire in 2015 and Black Saturday bushfires in 2009.

The planning exemptions introduced in Clause 52.07 will support the Bunyip community impacted by the March 2019 bushfires.

The department is supporting the affected councils Southern Grampians, Moyne and Corangamite to assist affected landowners with permit applications to rebuild. These bushfires directly impacted 422 properties, with 26 dwellings destroyed and two dwellings damaged.

The department will assist the councils with GIS mapping information and other planning and building support as required and streamline and facilitate access to agencies such as the Victorian Building Authority and the Victorian Planning Authority.

To find out more email: planning.systems@delwp.vic.gov.au

The government streamlined planning controls and process for rebuilding dwellings that were damaged by the 2015 bushfires. You can read about the separate arrangements in place at Building in Wye/Sep bushfire affected areas and Wye/Sep Connect Planning and Building.

After the 2009 fires, provisions were introduced to enable bushfire recovery.

Provisions for the occupation of temporary accommodation currently apply.

You can read the relevant provisions at Clauses 52.13 and 52.14 of the Victoria Planning Provisions and all planning schemes.

Page last updated: 12/03/20