Preparing Your Home

By taking preparatory measures throughout the year, you can reduce the risk of losing your home during a bush fire.

Building in Bushfire Areas

After the 2001 bushfires at Christmas time in Sydney the Planning for Bushfire Protection (PBP) was adopted. This document sets out specifications for building on land identified as bush fire prone.

The PBP can be found here. Further details can be found on the RFS website.


Is Your Home Located in a Bushfire Zone?

To see if your home is located in a bushfire prone area visit our online mapping tool or head to the RFS bushfire prone land mapping tool.


10/50 Vegetation Clearing Scheme

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.


Image: RFS

For further details visit our 10/50 Vegetation Clearing Scheme page.