Excess Vegetation and Bushfire Risk

High bushfire risk areas

Parts of Albury are at high risk of bushfire. Our Local Environmental Plan identifies these as Bushfire Prone Land. Development in such areas must take the bushfire risk into account.

Do I live in a high-risk area?

Check the Albury Bush Fire Prone Land Map to see whether your place is in a bushfire-prone area.

Clearing excess vegetation

Clearing excess vegetation is an important part of reducing bushfire risk, but there are legal and safety rules you need to follow when clearing vegetation on your property.

10/50 Vegetation Clearing Scheme

Under the NSW 10/50 Vegetation Clearing Scheme, owners of properties within 150 metres of Category 1 and Category 2 Bush Fire Prone Land are allowed to remove trees within 10 metres and vegetation within 50 metres of their home, on their land, without state or Council approval.

For 10/50 Vegetation Clearing Scheme details, see the NSW Rural Fire Service website.

To see if your property is in a Category 1 or Category 2 area, see the Albury Bush Fire Prone Land Map.

Do I need approval for tree works (removal, pruning, lopping)?

In general, yes. If your property is in a 10/50 Vegetation Clearing Scheme area, you are allowed to do some kinds of tree works if you follow the requirements in the 10/50 Vegetation Clearing Code of Practice.

To find out if your property is in a 10/50 Vegetation Clearing Scheme area, see the NSW Rural Fire Service website.

If your property isn’t in a 10/50 Vegetation Clearing Scheme area, you need approval for all tree works.

To find out about getting approval for tree work on private land, see our Trees webpage.

Can I burn cleared vegetation?

In more built-up areas, no. In other areas you may be able to get permission to burn cleared vegetation. See our Controlled Burning Policy webpage for details.