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The Bushfire Management Overlay (BMO) has been developed to replace the existing Wildfire Management Overlay. The BMO includes a statutory provision in planning schemes and a map showing where the provisions apply to specific land. The BMO mapping is currently under review and may change soon. If you are preparing a planning permit, or planning to undertake development, please ensure you check the relevant map prior to proceeding.

For those living in an area with a BMO, the requirements for development are clearly specified in the planning scheme so that an applicant can see exactly how their development will be assessed.

A range of bushfire issues such as siting of the building, providing defendable space, on-site water availability and emergency vehicle access will need to be considered.

The BMO provisions ensure that development in areas affected by a significant bushfire hazard will only take place after full consideration of bushfire issues. If risk to life and property from bushfire cannot be reduced to an acceptable level the development will not proceed.

Any planning permit issued under the BMO will include a mandatory condition that requires the homeowner to maintain the bushfire protection measures set out in the permit.

By phone: (03) 53829798
By facsimile: (03) 53821111
By mail: Planning Department - Horsham Rural City Council
PO Box 511, HORSHAM 3402
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In person: Horsham Rural City Council
Civic Offices - Roberts Avenue, Horsham
Office hours: 8.30am to 5pm Monday to Friday

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