Boundary Clearing Measures
Published Date: 11 Sep 2021
The NSW Government has introduced a Rural Boundary Clearing Code, to help landholders in identified areas remove vegetation from their property boundary to help prevent fire spreading.
The Code allows for clearing only in identified areas, such as areas which are zoned as Rural, and which are considered bush fire prone.
It allows landholders to clear, without approval, vegetation within 25 metres of the boundary of their landholding to prevent fire spreading. It applies only to the landholder’s property and not neighbouring land.
There are environmental protections in place, and heavy penalties apply if a landholder doesn’t follow these requirements.
The NSW RFS has developed the Rural Boundary Clearing Tool help landholders assess if and how the Code applies to their landholding.