Clearing for fire management

Exempt clearing work for fire management

You can undertake certain clearing activities to protect your property from bushfires without getting our approval or notifying us. These exemptions are summarised in Table 1 below.

If you need to clear a wider area, you might be able to clear using a vegetation clearing code or apply for a development approval.

Table 1: Exempt clearing work

Note: You can’t join clearing for multiple purposes to create larger clearing widths.

Purpose for clearing

Vegetation category

Clearing allowances

Fences, roads or tracks

Least concern regional ecosystems

Clearing to establish a necessary fence, road or vehicular track to a maximum width of 10m

Fire management line


Clearing for a necessary fire management line to a maximum width of 10m



For a firebreak necessary to protect buildings and other structures (other than a fence line): to a width of up to 1.5 times the height of the tallest vegetation or 20m (whichever is wider)

Refer to Using a clearing code for fire management for other provisions relating to firebreaks

Hazardous fuel load reduction


Fuel reduction burns can be done under a permit issued by your local fire warden - contact your local fire warden for more information

Maintain existing infrastructure


Clearing necessary to maintain existing buildings and other structure, including fences, roads and watering points

Clearing to source construction timber to maintain existing infrastructure on the land

Risk to people or infrastructure


Clearing necessary to remove or reduce the imminent risk the vegetation poses to people or building and other structures

Refer to the list of exempt clearing work or Schedule 21 of the Planning Regulation 2017 for a full list of clearing that is exempt under the vegetation management laws.

In this guide:

  1. Exempt clearing work for fire management
  2. Using a clearing code for fire management
  3. Development approvals for fire management clearing
  4. Clearing during bushfire emergencies
  5. Other laws and permits for fire management
  6. Bushfire management plans and other considerations
  7. Cleaning-up after a bushfire

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