10/50 Clearing Bushfire Vegetation
The NSW Government has enacted new laws which help land owners to prepare their homes for bush fires in NSW. The Rural Fires Amendment (Vegetation Clearing) Bill 2014 came into effect on the 1 August 2014 and is referred to as the 10/50 Vegetation Clearing Code.
The laws allow people in a designated 10/50 Vegetation Clearing Entitlement Area to:
- Clear trees on their property within 10 metres of a home without seeking approval, and
- Clear underlying vegetation such as shrubs (but not trees) on their property within 50 metres of a home, without approval.
The NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) has developed a code of practice for vegetation clearing. The document is called the 10/50 Vegetation Clearing Code of Practice for New South Wales and sets out what clearing activities are permitted within 10/50 Vegetation Clearing Entitlement Areas.
The 10/50 Vegetation Clearing law and Code of Practice is a NSW Government initiative formed in conjunction with the RFS and is not an initiative or policy of Council. Council is unable to provide advice on the 10/50 Vegetation Clearing Code of Practice or the 10/50 Vegetation Clearing Entitlement Area.
How can I find out if I’m in a 10/50 Vegetation Clearing Entitlement Area?
The RFS web page allows you to search for your property using an online tool which will determine if your property is within the entitlement area.
Links to NSW Rural Fire Service
- Information on 10/50 Vegetation Clearing
- To check if you’re in a 10/50 Area and Online Tool
- Copy of the Code of Practice
Council’s Tree Protection Controls
Council’s Tree Protection Controls remain in place and apply to all areas not covered by a 10/50 Vegetation Clearing Entitlement Area. It is the property owners' responsibility to ensure that the removal of trees and vegetation is carried out in accordance with the requirements of the 10/50 Vegetation Clearing Code of Practice or Council’s Tree Protection Controls.
These controls are in place to provide criteria for permitting the removal and appropriate ongoing management of prescribed trees and vegetation, establish exemptions that may apply under certain circumstances, ensure that stakeholders are notified where proposals involving tree removal are likely to impact on local amenity and ensure that appropriate tree removals are offset by replacement planting so that overtime there is no net loss of Camden’s biomass.
For more information on Tree Preservation phone Council’s Vegetation Management Officer on 4654 7777.