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NSW RFS Vegetation Management Rules

What is 10/50? 

This law provides owners of properties, within a nominated Vegetation Clearing Entitlement Area, to remove trees and other vegetation within certain distances of their homes without the need to seek any formal approval.

The new 10/50 Vegetation Clearing Law is a State Government initiative in conjunction with the NSW Rural Fire Service.


10/50 vegetation clearing

If you live in an area close to the bush, you need to prepare your home. The 10/50 Vegetation Clearing Scheme gives people living near the bush an additional way of being better prepared for bush fires.



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 property is in a 10/50 Vegetation Clearing Entitlement Area? To find out, use the RFS online tool by clicking the link below:


For more information visit the NSW Rural Fire Service website by clicking on the link below:


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