A planning permit for the construction of the outbuilding may be required under the BMO. Other planning requirements may also apply.

Your local council or registered building surveyor will be able to assist you in determining what is or is not needed.

Streamlined application process

A streamlined application process applies to outbuildings that meet pre-set bushfire protection measures:

  • have a floor area of at least 100 square metres
  • are not used for accommodation or other habitable purposes such as a home office, studio, pool house or bedroom
  • are ancillary to a dwelling, such as a garage, shed or carport
  • meet defendable space, vegetation management and fire separation requirements of Table 6 and Table 7 (where required) of clause 53.02 Bushfire planning

An application must include a Bushfire Management Plan showing:

  • the proposed bushfire protection measures
  • the location of the outbuilding
  • the location of any dwelling on the land or building used for accommodation (including a dwelling) within 10m of the outbuilding on adjacent land
  • areas of defendable space and vegetation management requirements
  • the fire separation requirements (where Table 7 is applicable).

An application that meets all the above criteria is not required to be referred to the relevant fire authority for comment.

Pre-set measures not met

Where the requirements have not been met the application will need referral to the relevant fire authority and the standard application requirements will apply.

This includes a Bushfire Hazard Assessment, Landscape Hazard Site Assessment and Bushfire Management Statement. View templates

Refer to Other development page

Page last updated: 07/08/20