Statutory planning - Bushfire Management Overlay
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Statutory planning - Bushfire Management Overlay

Applying for a permit 

If your land is affected by the Bushfire Management Overlay you may need a planning permit to develop or subdivide your land. Contact your local Council to find out if you need a planning permit. 

If you require a permit under the Bushfire Management Overlay, as part of the application process, you'll have to prepare a:

  • Locality and Site Description; and  
  • Bushfire Management Statement (BMS) 

For more information, refer to Clause 44.06-2 of the planning scheme 

CFA's Planning for Bushfire Victoria provides guidance to permit applicants for applications made in the Bushfire Management Overlay. 

CFA's role in Bushfire Management Overlay applications  

How to prepare a Bushfire Management Statement 

A Bushfire Management Statement is a mandatory requirement for all permit applications in the Bushfire Management Overlay. The level of detail required will depend on the complexity of the application.

Templates are available for different types of applications. The templates are not suitable if you’re making a more complex application, such as a larger subdivision proposal or an application on a constrained site. If yours is a complex application, you’ll need to review the planning provisions in detail and prepare a tailored Bushfire Management Statement. 

Vegetation Managment Plan 

Where there are other landscaping or vegetation protection requirements associated with your permit application, CFA recommends that you also prepare a Vegetation Management Plan.

This plan would be informed by the assessment in your Bushfire Management Statement (and other aspects of your permit application) and would summarise all vegetation management requirements on site, including:

  • Inner zone and outer zone of proposed defendable space
  • Any landscaping or replanting requirements
  • Any vegetation proposed to be retained
  • Offset requirements for native vegetation
  • Any ongoing management requirements


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