Vegetation management
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Vegetation management

Clearing vegetation to protect your home from bushfire.

With the introduction of planning exemptions known as the ‘10/30’ and ‘10/50’ rules, laws protecting vegetation (including native) in bushfire risk areas have been made less stringent. This allows property owners to better protect their homes.

If you live in a bushfire risk area, it’s likely that you don’t need a permit to clear vegetation around your home and on your land. However, it is still essential to check before you clear. Different rules apply in different council areas, and stringent penalties can apply.

The 10/30 rule explained

If 10/30 applies in your council area, you may not need a permit to remove, destroy or lop:

  • Trees within 10 metres, and
  • All other vegetation within 30 metres of your home.

This is providing your home was built or had planning approval prior to 10 September 2009 and was not built to replace a home lost to the 2009 bushfires.


The 10/30 rule only applies for vegetation on your own land.


Find out if the 10/30 applies in your area

10/30 rule diagram

The 10/50 ruleexplained

If this rule applies in your council area, you may not need a permit to remove, destroy or lop:

  • Trees within 10 metres, and
  • All other vegetation within 50 metres of your home.

This is providing your home was built or had planning approval prior to 10 September 2009 and was not built to replace a home lost to the 2009 bushfires.

The 10/50 rule only applies for vegetation on your own land.

If your community typically identifies itself as being ‘high bushfire risk’, there’s a good chance the 10/50 rule will apply to you.


Contact your local council for information

10/50 rule diagram

Fenceline vegetation

You don’t need a permit to remove, destroy or lop any vegetation for a combined maximum width of four metres either side of a fence between your property and a neighbouring property.

Note that this rule only applies to you if the fence was constructed before 10 September 2009; AND you have the neighbour’s permission before undertaking any works.


New homes

Homes built after 10 September 2009 will need a permit to clear vegetation outside of defendable space, no matter where they are located. This includes houses that are replacements for a home damaged or destroyed by bushfire between 1 January 2009 and 31 March 2009. Contact your local shire or council for more information.


Learn how to make your home safer

Download the 10/30-10/50 flyer (PDF 526k) or call the Victorian Bushfire Information Line on 1800 240 667.

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