Bushfire Management Overlay (BMO)

The Bushfire Management Overlay (BMO) applies to land that may be significantly affected by a bushfire. The BMO triggers the need for a planning permit for certain developments and requires new developments to include appropriate bushfire protection measures.

The Bushfire Management Overlay is a planning control applied to land with the potential to be affected by extreme bushfires. New development and uses in the BMO may require a planning permit. This ensures that bushfire hazards, such as vegetation, slope and site access are assessed, and that bushfire protection measures are in place to manage risk.

The mapping criteria were developed in partnership with the CFA and CSIRO as part of the Victorian Government’s commitment to implement all recommendations of the 2009 Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission.

The BMO maps were last updated on GC13 on 3 October 2017.

Maps of the proposed Bushfire Management Overlay

Maps of the BMO can be found at: Planning Maps Online.

If you have a query on what the BMO does and what its requirements are, please see http://planningschemes.dpcd.vic.gov.au/schemes/vpps/44_06.pdf