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.
Firebreaks are low-fuel areas located immediately adjacent to existing infrastructure (including a building, or other structure, built or used for any purpose) that are cleared and maintained to slow or stop the progress of a fire, or to perform back-burning.
Fire management lines are roads, fence line clearings or tracks (including existing property tracks) used to access water for firefighting or divide the property for fuel reduction burning or back-burning.
Table 1: Exempt clearing work
Note: You can’t join clearing for multiple purposes to create larger clearing widths.
Purpose for clearing
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
In this guide:
- Exempt clearing work for fire management
- Using a clearing code for fire management
- Development approvals for fire management clearing
- Clearing during bushfire emergencies
- Other laws and permits for fire management
- Bushfire management plans and other considerations
- Cleaning-up after a bushfire