Clearing of Bushland

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The clearing of native vegetation within Wollondilly requires consent unless it meets an exemption.

If your property is zoned as any of the following, additional exemptions may apply under the Native Vegetation Act 2003:

  • Rural Zones: RU1, RU2, RU4
  • Environmental Living E4
  • Large Lot Residential R5

To clarify any additional exemptions for your property, you can contact the Local Land Services on 1300 795 299.

10/50 Vegetation Clearing Entitlement Area

If you live in an approved dwelling, you may be entitled to clearing bushland under the 10/50 vegetation clearing entitlement area for bushfire safety purposes.

Any works that are undertaken must comply with the 10/50 code of practice.

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10/50 Code of Practice

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Any person that undertakes or authorises tree clearance that contravenes the provisions of the Tree Preservation Order shall be guilty of an offence against the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 and will be liable to prosecution.

A person found guilty of an offence against the Act shall be liable to a penalty. In addition to a penalty, a person found guilty of an offence may be required to plant new trees and vegetation, and maintain them to a mature growth.

If your Request for Permission to Remove a Dead, Dying or Dangerous Tree (TR10) application is refused you can apply for a Tree Removal Permit or submit a Development Application for removal of the tree. Alternatively, if the tree continues to deteriorate you can resubmit a Permission to Remove a Dead, Dying or Dangerous Tree (TR10) application.

If your Development Application is refused you may appeal the decision in the Land and Environment Court.