There are two areas of legislation that manage new construction in bushfire areas, the Building Regulations (Bushfire Prone Area - BPA) and the Planning Scheme (Bushfire Management Overlay - BMO).
Under the Planning Scheme the Bushfire Management Overlay (BMO) applies to land that may be significantly affected by a bushfire. The Bushfire Management Overlay triggers the need for a planning permit for certain developments.
Under the Building Regulations the Bushfire Prone Area mapping (BPA) applies to areas which are subject to, or which are likely to be subject to bushfires/grass fires.
For more information about Bushfire Prone Area mapping and whether your property is affected please visit the State Government’s VicPlan mapping tool where you can search your property address. To find the BPA mapping layer select the Map tab and adjust the Layer List.