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Check if you're in a 10/50 area

You can check here if you are in a 10/50 vegetation clearing entitlement area. Checking your land is easy. 

For more information on the 10/50 vegetation clearing entitlement have a read of our frequently asked questions.

Check the online tool on the day you are clearing

Check the online tool on the day you are clearing to re-confirm your eligibility to clear vegetation under the 10/50 Scheme. This is because the 10/50 vegetation clearing entitlement area, the excluded matters or other rules may have changed.  It is important to know that you must follow the eligibility or rules in place at the time you clear any vegetation.

You may only clear your own land.

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Disclaimer for 10/50 Vegetation Clearing Code of Practice Online Assessment Tool

The NSW Government is committed to enhancing public safety by reducing the impact of bush fires. The 10/50 Vegetation Clearing Code of Practice has been prepared in accordance with section 100Q of the Rural Fires Amendment (Vegetation Clearing) Act 2014.

The online assessment tool ("Tool") is provided by the NSW Rural Fire Service ("the NSW RFS") to help you to assess whether the 10/50 Code will allow you to clear vegetation on your property.

The New South Wales Government, the NSW RFS and their employees and agents:

  1. make no representations, express or implied, as to the accuracy, reliability or currency of the Tool or the information and data provided in connection with the Tool on this or any linked site; and
  2. do not accept any responsibility or liability (including, without any limitation, liability for negligence) for any loss, damage, cost or expense you might incur whether directly or indirectly as a result of your use of or reliance on the Tool or the information and data provided in connection with the Tool on this or any linked site.

Use of the information provided by the Tool, including reliance on the Assessment Outcomes is at your sole risk. You should obtain further advice if you are uncertain about how any of the information provided by the Tool, including the Assessment Outcomes, applies to you or your property.

The Tool does not provide an assessment of the bush fire risk you may face on your property.

  • Enter your address including house number, street and suburb or town. Select your address from the drop down options provided.
  • Check the map has correctly located your property. If not drag and drop the red marker on to your property.
  • Click the 'Get Results' button to see if you're in a 10/50 vegetation clearing entitlement area.
  • You should consider seeking expert advice before commencing any vegetation clearing activity.

Your Property

Your 10/50 search result

You have conducted a search of the 10/50 online tool for the land identified in the map above. This search result is valid for the date the search was conducted.

Please retain a copy of this search result for your records.

Your property in not in a 10/50 vegetation entitlement clearing areaThe parcel of land you have selected is not located in a designated 10/50 vegetation clearing entitlement area. You cannot use the 10/50 exemption to clear vegetation on this parcel of land. Contact your local council or Local Land Services Office regarding any clearing authorisation required.

Please retain a copy of this search result for your records as evidence the 10/50 rules were applicable to your clearing on the day you undertook the clearing.

Your property is in 10/50 vegetation entitlement areaThe parcel of land you have selected is located in a designated 10/50 vegetation entitlement clearing area. However, the online tool has identified that your land parcel may exclude or otherwise restrict your clearing under the 10/50 Code.

However, land parcels that do not contain the legal protection measure/s identified below (despite being mapped as one of those categories) are not excluded from the 10/50 Code. This situation may occur due to minor inaccuracies with the mapping that may result in your land parcel being wrongfully identified. The onus is on the landowner to demonstrate that their land parcel does not contain the identified legal protection measure.

Note: For example:

  • if your parcel of land is identified as containing local heritage but does not contain local heritage, then clearing is not excluded for that reason under the 10/50 Code; or
  • if your land parcel is only partially affected by a local heritage listing then clearing under the 10/50 Code is excluded from the whole land parcel.

The online tool has identified that your land parcel may contain:

    If you are not affected by the restrictions above then you may proceed with your proposed clearing. You must read the 10/50 Code of Practice carefully to ensure that you are only clearing in accordance with the 10/50 Code. For more information see our frequently asked questions.

    In addition, you may only clear vegetation in accordance with the 10/50 Code, including (but not limited to the following conditions:

    • You may not remove trees (or prune more than 25% of the original canopy) on slopes greater than 18 degrees except in accordance with conditions identified in a Geotechnical Engineer Assessment Report undertaken for that purpose.
    • Mangroves and salt marsh may not be cleared. For more information refer to the Department of Primary Industries fact sheets on Mangroves and Coastal saltmarsh.
    • The clearing of vegetation including trees is not allowed within 10 metres of a river that is 2 metres or more in width between the highest opposite banks, or within 10 metres of a lake. Lake and river are as defined in the 10/50 Code.
    • Clearing under this 10/50 Code cannot be inconsistent with any of the legal obligations identified under Clause 7.8 of the 10/50 Code.
    • Herbicides may only be used in accordance with the conditions under Clause 7.4 of the 10/50 Code.
    • Landowners have a duty of care to avoid cruelty and harm to native, introduced or domestic animals when clearing trees and vegetation in accordance with the 10/50 Code. It is important that landowners are aware that clearing of trees and vegetation under the 10/50 Code can result in harm to native animals and loss of their natural habitat. Landowners who clear trees and vegetation under the 10/50 Code are not exempt from prosecution under the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974 for harm to protected fauna, or for deliberate cruelty to animals under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1979. Operating in accordance with the 10/50 Code does not absolve the landowner from their responsibility for avoiding harm to protected fauna or deliberate cruelty to animals. Note: ‘protected fauna’ is as defined in the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974.
    • If you witness any displaced, orphaned or injured wildlife you should contact the Office of Environment and Heritage, or licensed fauna rehabilitation group for assistance. Visit the Office of Environment and Heritage for further advice and the full list of licensed providers.
    • Landowners have a duty of care in the appropriate management of soil erosion and landslip risks when clearing trees and vegetation under the 10/50 Code. Landowners who clear trees and vegetation under the 10/50 Code are not exempt from liability. For example, action may be pursued by a party that suffers as a result of a landslip due to actions taken on your land. It is the responsibility of landowners to seek expert advice in relation to these matters. The conditions below have been put in place to assist landowners in the management of vegetation but operating in accordance with these conditions does not absolve the landowner from their responsibility for landslip and erosion issues. To manage soil erosion and landslip risks:
      • there is to be no disturbance of the soil,
      • vegetation must not be removed below the soil surface
      • all topsoil must remain on the soil surface,
      • retain a protective ground cover on the soil surface, and
      • the use of graders, ploughs, bulldozers (or other types of heavy machinery that are designed to break the soil surface such as excavators) to clear land under this 10/50 Code is not permitted.

    Please retain a copy of this search result for your records.

    Your property has been excluded from 10/50 vegetation entitlement areaThe parcel of land you have selected is located in a designated 10/50 vegetation entitlement clearing area. However, you cannot use the 10/50 exemption to clear vegetation on this parcel of land. This land is excluded from the operation of the 10/50 Code as it has been identified as being wholly or partially within:

    You cannot use the 10/50 exemption to clear vegetation on this parcel of land. Contact your local council or Local Land Services Office regarding any clearing authorisation required.

    You may also contact your local NSW RFS District Office if you are seeking advice regarding your land and bush fire hazard management.

    Please retain a copy of this search result for your records as evidence the 10/50 rules were applicable to your clearing on the day you undertook the clearing.

    Your property is in a 10/50 vegetation entitlement clearing areaThe parcel of land you have selected is located in a designated 10/50 vegetation entitlement clearing area. You must read the 10/50 Code of Practice carefully to ensure that you are only clearing in accordance with the 10/50 Code. For more information see our frequently asked questions.

    You may only clear vegetation in accordance with the 10/50 Code, including (but not limited to the following conditions):

    • You may not remove trees (or prune more than 25% of the original canopy) on slopes greater than 18 degrees except in accordance with conditions identified in a Geotechnical Engineer Assessment Report undertaken for that purpose.
    • Mangroves and salt marsh may not be cleared. For more information refer to the Department of Primary Industries fact sheets on Mangroves and Coastal saltmarsh.
    • The clearing of vegetation including trees is not allowed within 10 metres of a river that is 2 metres or more in width between the highest opposite banks, or within 10 metres of a lake. Lake and river are as defined in the 10/50 Code.
    • Clearing under this 10/50 Code cannot be inconsistent with any of the legal obligations identified under Clause 7.8 of the 10/50 Code.
    • Herbicides may only be used in accordance with the conditions under Clause 7.4 of the 10/50 Code.
    • Landowners have a duty of care to avoid cruelty and harm to native, introduced or domestic animals when clearing trees and vegetation in accordance with the 10/50 Code. It is important that landowners are aware that clearing of trees and vegetation under the 10/50 Code can result in harm to native animals and loss of their natural habitat. Landowners who clear trees and vegetation under the 10/50 Code are not exempt from prosecution under the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974 for harm to protected fauna, or for deliberate cruelty to animals under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1979. Operating in accordance with the 10/50 Code does not absolve the landowner from their responsibility for avoiding harm to protected fauna or deliberate cruelty to animals. Note: ‘protected fauna’ is as defined in the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974.
    • If you witness any displaced, orphaned or injured wildlife you should contact the Office of Environment and Heritage, or licensed fauna rehabilitation group for assistance. Visit the Office of Environment and Heritage for further advice and the full list of licensed providers.
    • Landowners have a duty of care in the appropriate management of soil erosion and landslip risks when clearing trees and vegetation under the 10/50 Code. Landowners who clear trees and vegetation under the 10/50 Code are not exempt from liability. For example, action may be pursued by a party that suffers as a result of a landslip due to actions taken on your land. It is the responsibility of landowners to seek expert advice in relation to these matters. The conditions below have been put in place to assist landowners in the management of vegetation but operating in accordance with these conditions does not absolve the landowner from their responsibility for landslip and erosion issues. To manage soil erosion and landslip risks:
      • there is to be no disturbance of the soil,
      • vegetation must not be removed below the soil surface
      • all topsoil must remain on the soil surface,
      • retain a protective ground cover on the soil surface, and
      • the use of graders, ploughs, bulldozers (or other types of heavy machinery that are designed to break the soil surface such as excavators) to clear land under this 10/50 Code is not permitted.

    The 10/50 Code was created to give land owners stronger protection against bush fires and was developed by the Government in response to community concerns after devastating bush fires in 2013.

    The NSW RFS provides extensive information and resources to assist people interested in preparing their homes and families against the risk of bush fires. Try some of the useful links below for more information:

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