The Bushfire Management Overlay (BMO) applies to land in Victoria that may be at risk from bushfire. If your land is within the BMO you may need a planning permit to develop or subdivide.
The bushfire related planning controls have recently changed. For more information on what has changed, please visit The Department of Transport Planning and Local Infrastructure website.
Help and advice
- The first point of contact for general help and advice on applying for a permit is your local council.
- For information on preparing a planning application under the BMO, Planning Practice Note 65 may assist.
- For further assistance the Fire Protection Association Australia website provides a list of accredited Bushfire Planning and Design Practitioners (BPAD) who can assist you with advice on the requirements for development in a BMO.
- Planning and BMO FAQ's
- To assist in preparing a BMO planning permit application, CFA have prepared a template Bushfire Management Statement for each of the BMO pathways including non-habitable outbuildings such as sheds.
- Free planning property reports will help you identify if your land is within the BMO.
- The bushfire planning provisions can be viewed at Clauses 13.05, 44.06 & 52.47 of the Victoria Planning Provisions.
- To assist in the identification of the different vegetation classes and how they may affect bushfire behaviour refer to Victorian BMO (PDF 482k).
- For information on CFA’s requirements for water supply fittings refer to Tank Connections (PDF 482k) .
- View a list of CFA’s standard permit conditions.
- See an example of a Bushfire Management Plans (PDF 995k).
- To understand some common terms used in CFA’s standard planning permit conditions you can refer to the glossary of terms.
- Case study: Vegetation Management. Conditions in the BMO and offset planting (PDF 843k)
- To assist practitioners in applying the Bushfire Hazard Landscape Assessment for development in the BMO, refer to Guideline - Applying the Bushfire Hazard Landscape Assessment in a BMO (PDF 81k)