Explaining the 10/50 vegetation clearing rule

fireAfter being queried by many customers on this issue here’s a brief summary of 10/50 Vegetation clearing scheme.

The ruling was initiated in response to the devastating 2013 bushfires which destroyed many unprepared properties. The scheme is quite controversial and is currently under review by the state government. We will endeavour to keep you updated with any changes to the legislation.

What the scheme allows you to do

Providing your property is within the 10/50 vegetation clearing entitlement area you are permitted to:

  • Clear trees on your property within 10 metres of a home, without seeking approval; and
  • Clear underlying vegetation (other than trees) such as shrubs on your property within 50 metres of a home, without seeking approval.

PLEASE NOTE: As of November 27 the rules have changed, significantly tightening the Entitlement Area.

If the tree that concerns you belongs to a neighbour, you must have their permission before undertaking any tree removal, even if the tree overhangs your property line.

The RFS have a handy tool on their website that allows you to check if you’re property is in the entitlement area, find it HERE
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Some points in responce to questions raised

  • If you are in the entitlement area you are not obligated to clear your block, however if you have concerns you should seek professional advice.
  • The ruling only applies if the relevant Building has habitable rooms, such as a home, tourist accommodation, caravans within a caravan park and mobile homes. It doesn’t include buildings like sheds and barns.
  • The distances are measured from the external walls of the habitable building and include decks and garages attached to the house but not external garages or sheds.
  • For the purposes of the 10/50 scheme a tree is defined as “a perennial woody plant having a single stem or trunk that is three or more metres in height, and has a circumference of more than 30 centimetres at chest height”.

The 10/50 code of practice

The 10/50 scheme is covered by of code of practice (available HERE) that governs what you can and can’t do. It’s highly recommended that you have a read before undertaking any work

…And finally, if you have any doubts or concerns contact us!

We’re hear to help and have extensive experience with this scheme so CONTACT us and we’ll be happy to advise you of your best option.

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