The Bushfire Prone Area (BPA) and Bushfire Management Overlay (BMO) hazard maps trigger planning and building requirements. These maps are approved and updated by the Minister for Planning.
Bushfire mapping considers the location, size and type of vegetation (fuel) in a given area and is informed by the best available science. Mapping criteria identifies whether an area should be designated BPA, and if a BMO should apply.
Hazard map reviews
The department has committed to working with local councils, emergency services and other key stakeholders to ensure the BPA and BMO maps are accurate and as up to date as possible.
The BPA mapped is reviewed twice a year on request by developers and councils. It was last reviewed and updated on 7 September 2020.
The BMO is reviewed twice a year on request by a property owner if they believe the bushfire hazard no longer exists. An example is if a plantation has been harvested and returned permanently to pasture.
Page last updated: 07/11/22