Private bushfire shelters require building permits

Friday November 21 2014

The Victorian Building Authority (VBA) is reminding Victorians considering building a private bushfire shelter for their home that they must obtain a building permit prior to installation.

The VBA's Director of Technical and Regulation, Jarrod Edwards, said that in some instances, councils may also require a planning permit.

"Private bushfire shelters must comply with the performance requirements in the National Construction Code (NCC). Two private bushfire shelters have been accredited and are recognised as meeting this performance requirement. All non-accredited bushfire shelters must be thoroughly assessed for compliance with the NCC as part of the building permit process," Mr Edwards said.

"Remember, a private bushfire shelter should only be an option of last resort as part of a bushfire survival plan."

The VBA recommends homeowners seek professional advice on any recommended upgrades or retrofits to their existing home. For additional tips on protecting your home from bushfire, visit the Bushfire Information section of the Victorian Building Authority website at www.vba.vic.gov.au or refer to A guide to retrofit your home for better protection from a bushfire, which is also available from the VBA website.

Read the media release -  Private bushfire shelters require building permits

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