New laws are now in place allowing residents in certain areas to clear vegetation from around their home, to reduce the risk of bush fire.
The new laws allow people in designated 10/50 vegetation clearing entitlement areas to:
- Clear trees on their property within 10 metres of a home, without seeking approval.
- Clear underlying vegetation such as shrubs (but not trees) on their property within 50 metres of a home, without seeking approval.
Landowners must check the NSW Rural Fire Service website and open the ‘online tool’ to find out if their property is within the clearing entitlement area.
All clearing must be in accordance with the 10/50 Vegetation Clearing Code of Practice (PDF, 450kb). You must read the code and apply all relevant conditions to your property.
If you are concerned that vegetation on land near you may be placing your property at risk from bushfires, you can request an inspection by an officer from the NSW Rural Fire Service by lodging a Bushfire Hazard Complaint.
If you require more information please contact either Council’s Natural Areas team on 9839 6000 or the NSW Rural Fire Service - Cumberland Zone office on (02) 4734 7777.
Changes to eligibility area
Changes were made to the eligibility area on 27 November 2014. These changes are effective immediately. You should re-confirm your eligibility to remove vegetation using the online tool before taking any action. For more information visit the Rural Fire Service website.
Bush fire hazard reduction on Council owned and managed land
Council undertakes bush fire hazard reduction activities including mowing, vegetation removal, and asset protection zone creation. Current on ground works meet the requirements of the ‘Cumberland Zone Bush Fire Risk Management Plan’.
No additional vegetation removal will occur on land within the 10/50 vegetation clearing entitlement area. The work program is regularly reviewed and will only be changed if necessary or if a Bush Fire Hazard Reduction Notice is issued by the NSW Rural Fire Service.