Preparing for bushfires

Rural Fire Service 10/50 Vegetation Clearing Code of Practice

The NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) developed the 10/50 Vegetation Clearing Code of Practice to allow landowners in certain areas to undertake vegetation clearing on their own land around residential property to reduce the risk of bushfire. Within these areas, the Code overrides Council’s DCP (subject to compliance with the RFS 10/50 Code of Practice), however the exemption does not apply to some properties that are mapped within a 10/50 area.

Please note some trees/vegetation are still protected & require a Council permit regardless of the 10/50 Vegetation Code of Practice including trees:

  • On a heritage property.
  • In a heritage conservation area.
  • Where the tree includes threatened species or forms part of an Ecological Endangered Community.

In these cases, a Tree Application Form is required to be lodged to apply for Council consent to undertake pruning or removal.

Check the NSW Rural Fire Service website online tool to determine your eligibility

For further information refer to the Rural Fire Service 10/50 Frequently Asked Questions