A bushfire hazard landscape assessment provides information to planning and responsible authorities on the bushfire hazard, potential bushfire behaviour and the impact of other relevant strategic considerations in the landscape that are likely to affect a given location such as the road network and nearby safer areas.

It not only acts an information tool but helps inform the appropriate response to an application, strategic plan or development.  For example, it helps determine the level of bushfire risk, assists with the assessment of siting and design and raises questions about access and egress options.  For new development in the BMO where there is a very high risk to bushfire it helps identify if enhanced bushfire protection measures may be required.

The purpose of the landscape assessment is not to predict the outcome of a bushfire event but to provide information that builds a better understanding of the bushfire risk at a location and to help make informed decisions.

This information is typically provided in report format including spatial diagrams, plans and photos.

All planning proposals including strategic planning and planning permits, will need to provide a landscape assessment, except:

  • a single dwelling permit application where a Bushfire Management Overlay schedule applies
  • a single dwelling permit application in an urban residential zone
  • where a Council waives the requirement under the BMO.

Refer to Planning Permit Applications Bushfire Management Overlay - Technical Guide on how to prepare a landscape assessment, assess the bushfire risk in the landscape, including how to use this information to assess the viability of planning proposals. While this document has a heavy development focus, it is also a good guide for preparing landscape assessments for strategic planning applications.

See information on why landscape assessments are important in strategic planning

Page last updated: 25/01/22