Bushfire protection rules for trees

The RFS 10/50 vegetation clearing rule

Under current NSW legislation, some properties in Ku-ring-gai can prune or remove trees on their property to protect it from bushfire. This is called the NSW Rural Fire Service 10/50 Vegetation Clearing Code of Practice.

To check if your property qualifies, go to NSW Rural Fire Service website online tool to determine your eligibility.

The RFS 10/50 Code only applies to eligible properties. The Code can only be used on trees where the trunk is located within 10 metres to some property walls, measured at 1.3 metres from ground level.  (not all walls can be used. please check the RFS Code for more information).

The RFS 10/50 Code does not apply to every tree on properties eligible to use the 10/50 Code. Trees that are not eligible to be pruned or removed using the RFS 10/50 Code require a Tree Application to be submitted to Council to apply for a permit.  Refer to the Trees on Your Property page for information on submitting a Tree Application.

For more information, refer to the Rural Fire Service 10/50 Frequently Asked Questions or send an email enquiry to Council marked attention to the Tree Management Department with your name, property address and details of your questions regarding the RFS 10/50 Code.