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Landscape overlays: Bushfire Prone Area (BPA), Bushfire Management Overlay (BMO)

In Victoria your property’s overlay provides an indication of the level of bushfire risk, the building and planning controls plus how much vegetation you can clear without a permit.

What property overlay are you in?

In Victoria a Bushfire Prone Area planning overlay (BPA) forms a trigger for you requiring to build in a particular way. So, it's a building control. This is where you might be required or asked to build a specific way to a certain BAL level using a standard such as AS 3959 or the NASH building code.

It's an area where it's considered that fires are frequent and severe enough that it warrants a specific approach to build in response to that risk of fire arrival.

Within a BPA area you get the opportunity to consider certain types of vegetation management - called a 10/30 rule.

Bushfire Management Overlay (BMO) is an area within the BPA, a sub-area of a BPA thats of particularly high risk. So, the fires within a BMO are particularly severe and therefore warrant additional requirements which are called Planning Controls where specific setbacks and extra measures are required if you plan to build and therefore need a Planning Permit.

The Vegetation Management options you have within this BMO area is called a 10/50 rule, which is quite similar to the 10/30 rule, you can just do a little bit more.

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