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New Bushfire Provisions

The new Building Amendment(Bushfire Construction) Regulations 2011 came into effect on 8 September 2011. These ongoing regulations replace the interim regulations made in March 2010 and implement permanent bushfire construction requirements across Victoria.

Changes made include new bushfire prone area mapping, minimum construction standard of BAL 12.5in designated Bushfire Prone Areas (BPAs) and more consistency between planning and building assessments. A significant percentage of the Alpine Shire is still included in the designated BPA, reflecting the high fire risk across much of the municipality.

The new Bushfire Prone Area mapping is available through the DPCD website or by a Property Information Request through the relevant Council.

The State Government has not yet announced the introduction of new planning provisions relating to bushfire risk.

Further information can be found on the Building Commission website at www.buildingcommission.com.au

Alternatively, contact Alpine Building Permits for further advice and clarification about building in bushfire designated areas.

Bushfire Management Statements

Recent changes to the Planning and Environment Act include the requirement to submit a Bushfire Management Statement (BMS) with all planning applications when the trigger for the planning permit is a Wildfire Management Overlay (WMO)/Bushfire Management Overlay (BMO).    

BMS's address a whole range of issues not just the bushfire attack level (BAL) relevant to the property. They can be very time consuming and complicated to properly complete and can be subject to further amendment as a consequence of comments from the Country Fire Authority.

The BMS has become the principle tool by which the planning permit application is assessed against the planning scheme provisions specific to the BMO. As such, it is important the BMS is prepared all relevant objectives and standards of the BMO.

Alpine Building Permits has prepared numerous BMS's for both subdivision and building development proposals. 

Contact the Office for further advice and guidance on this process and a quote on preparing a bushfire management statement for your planning permit application.