Rebuilding after a bushfire can be challenging for communities and landowners. Clause 52.10 has been introduced to all planning schemes to exempt some parts of the planning permit process and to streamline and simplify rebuilding.

You may need a planning permit to rebuild your home. The requirements for building permits, consents and other approvals may still apply. Your council can help you with the relevant requirements and exemptions and what needs to be provided when applying for a permit.

Features of the new permit assessment process for rebuilding include exemptions from giving notice of your application and third-party appeal to the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal. Additionally, the Chief Executive Officer of council will decide on your application.

The fact sheet Planning exemptions for bushfire reconstruction (PDF, 66.3 KB) or  (DOCX, 47.2 KB) explains the new exemptions and requirements in clause 52.10.

Information about general assistance is on the Bushfire Recovery Victoria website

Page last updated: 05/10/21