Up to $1,200 is available to assist landowners with preparing a permit application for a single dwelling or extension.
The Bushfire Planning Assistance Fund supports landowners, who are applying for a planning permit in a Bushfire Management Overlay area, to access specialist advice to assist with preparing a permit application for a single dwelling or extension.
On 28 May 2014 the Minister for Planning announced a new $700,000 Bushfire Planning Assistance Fund (the Fund) over two years to help implement changes to Victoria’s bushfire planning provisions, which came into effect on 31 July 2014.
The Bushfire Planning Assistance Fund will make it easier for landowners to assess and mitigate the risks of living in areas that may be affected by extreme bushfire. The fund will be for assistance with expenses per landowner and property, for professional services associated with preparing a planning permit application, where the services directly relate to the requirements of the Bushfire Management Overlay and related planning provisions.
Up to $1,200.
The Fund will be mainly used to assist landowners with expenses of up to $1,200 for:
- preparing a bushfire hazard site assessment, landscape assessment, and bushfire management statement
- modifying the design of a single dwelling that was completed before 31 July 2014, where the construction standard required by the bushfire planning provisions now aligns with Australian Standard 3959 Construction of buildings in bushfire-prone areas
- modifying documents related to providing a static water supply, where the requirements have changed as a result of changes to the bushfire planning provisions which came into effect on 31 July 2014.
- own the property the planning permit application relates to
- have submitted, or be intending to submit, a planning permit application for a single dwelling (or extension) to be built in a Bushfire Management Overlay area
- have engaged a suitably qualified professional to help prepare an aspect of the planning permit application directly related to Victoria’s bushfire planning provisions. Examples include a bushfire hazard site assessment, landscape assessment, bushfire management plan, or design modifications relating to changes in the planning requirements since 31 July 2014.
Applicants may receive financial assistance for one property only.
Successful applicants must agree, as a condition of funding, to provide the Department of Transport, Planning and Local Infrastructure with a copy of the documents they receive from their professional consultant.
Successful applicants who do not have an Australian Business Number will need to complete the Australian Tax Office “Statement by a supplier” form to avoid having 46.5 per cent of their total grant funding withheld for tax purposes.
Applications close 31 March 2016.