Bunyip State Park bushfires - recovery information

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Vegetation removal and rebuilding after the Bunyip State Park bushfires

In some circumstances you do not need a planning permit to remove vegetation in bushfire prone areas, however we strongly recommend that you call our Statutory Planning team on 1300 787 624 to check, before works start. 

  • If the vegetation presents an immediate risk of personal injury or damage to property. Only that part of the vegetation that presents the immediate risk may be removed, destroyed or lopped under this exemption.

You can also remove, destroy or lop any vegetation :

  • that is within 10 metres of an existing building used for accommodation (and any associated habitable outbuilding), if the building was constructed or approved by a permit before 10 September 2009.
  • except trees, within 30 metres of an existing building used for accommodation (and any associated habitable outbuilding), if the building was constructed or approved by a permit before 10 September 2009
  • except trees, within 50 metres of an existing building used for accommodation and any associated habitable outbuilding if the land is in a Bushfire Management Overlay (BMO) and the building was approved by a permit before 10 September 2009.
  • to a combined maximum width of 4 metres either side of an existing fence on a boundary between properties in different ownership, constructed before 10 September 2009. This exemption does not apply if there is already 4 metres of cleared land on one side of the fence.

Contact our Statutory Planning team on 1300 787 624 for advice before starting works. 

The Victorian Government introduced an exemption in planning schemes for people affected by the Black Saturday bushfires in 2009, exempting them from needing a planning permit to rebuild. At this stage, we have not been advised by the Victorian Government if a similar exemption will be granted for property owners impacted by the Bunyip State Park bushfires. We will update this information once we receive advice from the Victorian Government.