The purpose of the 10/50 rule and frequently asked questions.
The 10/50 rule was announced in NSW in 2013 after the disastrous bush fires in which more than 150 properties were destroyed. People who live in properties that have been assigned as being in the 10/50 vegetation clearing area are entitled to:
- Remove any trees on their property within 10 metres of a home without seeking council approval.
- Remove any underlying vegetation ( excluding trees) within 50 metres of a home without seeking council approval.
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 bushfires.
Frequently asked questions:
- In my property in the 10/50 entitled zone?
The NSW Rural Fire Service has an online tool that allows you to check if a property is in the entitlement area. The tool also identifies if your property has any restrictions in place.
- Do the trees within 10 metres from my home have to be removed?
No, you don’t have to remove trees if you don’t want to. The 10/50 rule allows the removal of trees without any approval to help with bushfire hazard management. Tree removal is permissible but not a requirement.
- Can I remove trees or vegetation by applying the 10/50 rule to my neighbours land?
Yes, if your land is in the 10/50 vegetation clearing entitlement zone. You don’t need your neighbour’s permission to remove the vegetation on your land.
- What buildings does the 10/50 rule cover?
Any approved building that has habitable rooms. This means that most sheds and garages are excluded.
- Can I remove trees on a property I rent or lease?
Tree removal can only be done if you are the landowner or have his or her approval. Make sure to get all approvals in writing.