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If you live in Melbourne or other restricted regions of Victoria and own a property within the Bushfire Management Overlay (BMO), you can now apply for permission to visit your property for bushfire preparedness.
Travel exemption for bushfire preparation
Published on 07 October 2021
From Monday 11 October 2021, property owners living in Melboure or other restricted areas of Victoria will be able to travel to their properties to undertake permitted fire and emergency preparedness activities once they have received a permit from Council.
To be eligible for this exemption your property must be within a Bushfire Management Overlay (BMO).
Check out the following maps to see if your property is eligible:
Use the VICPlan website to check if your property is in the BMO
(this video walks you through using the VICPlan website)
The owner of the property and their immediate household members.
OR, if the owner is unable to travel, a nominated representative may travel to the property to carry out the works.
When traveling you must comply with the restrictions in the place of your primary residence.
In some cases this means the owner or the nominated representative will not be able to visit local businesses to purchase supplies. You should travel with the tools and equipment you need.
The use of local contractors is strongly encouraged.
Owners can apply for a maximum of 72 hours from the time they leave their primary residence to the time they return.
Download more questions and answers from the state government(DOCX, 191KB)
Apply for an Emergency Preparation Permit
A Fire Prevention Notice is different to this bushfire preparedness permit.
Fire Prevention Notices are issued when Council’s Fire Prevention Officer identifies, through an inspection, that there is a fire risk that requires the attention of the landowner.
Council programs these inspections to occur in late Spring, and so Fire Prevention Notices are unlikely to be issued before late November.