Will I need a planning permit under the updated BMO?
The BMO mapping was updated on 3 October 2017 and was introduced into planning schemes by Amendment GC13. This may have seen new areas being included in the BMO for the first time.
A planning permit is required for most construction activity on land in the BMO, including building or extending a home. The requirements apply from the day that the BMO maps were updated.
In most cases, existing planning permits aren't affected if the BMO was applied after the permit was issued.
However, the current bushfire protection requirements must be met if you want to amend an existing planning permit or extend the expiry date. Updated planning approval is therefore required in these circumstances.
Where a building permit for a single house has been issued without previously requiring a planning permit, a new planning permit may not be required.
Your local council can provide specific advice about your property or an existing permit.
Some typical scenarios, your next steps, and some facts for each situation are outlined below.
Page last updated: 07/08/20