The 10/50 Scheme gives people living near bush an additional way to prepare for bushfires.
The scheme allows people in a designated 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 seeking approval.
Is Your House in a 10/50 Vegetation Clearing Area?
It is the responsibility of the property owner to check if their property is located within a 10/50 Vegetation Clearing Entitlement Area, whether the entitlement applies and whether there are any other restrictions that may apply. This information can be found on the RFS 10/50 Vegetation Clearing page. If a 10/50 entitlement applies and there are no other restrictions, additional approvals from Council or Local Land Services are not required to undertake the clearing.
A property owner may not clear trees or other vegetation under the 10/50 Code contrary to conditions set out in a Development Consent or other approvals under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979. For example, if a Development Consent requires you to retain specified trees or vegetation they cannot be cleared under the 10/50 clearing scheme, even if a 10/50 entitlement applies to the property.
Clearing under the 10/50 Vegetation Clearing Scheme must comply with the guidelines set out in the RFS 10/50 Vegetation Clearing Code of Practice.
Any clearing outside of the RFS 10/50 Vegetation Clearing Code of Practice, and not subject to another exemption, is considered to be unauthorised and may result in penalties.
Further information can be found on the RFS 10/50 Vegetation Clearing page.