Floods and Fires

Planning for Bush fire Preparation

Clearing of Vegetation for Bush fire Preparation (10/50 Entitlement Area) 

The new laws allow people in a designated 10/50 Vegetation Clearing Entitlement Area to:

  • Clear trees on their property within 10 metres of a home, without seeking approval; and
  • Clear underlying vegetation such as shrubs (but not trees) on their property within 50 metres of a home, without seeking approval

The new laws are supported by the 10/50 Vegetation Clearing Code of Practice. The Code includes a number of vegetation clearing provisions where clearing is not permitted, to manage soil erosion and landslip risks, protect riparian buffer zones, protect cultural heritage, and protect vegetation to which a legal obligation exists to preserve that vegetation (eg Property Vegetation Plans).

Clearing can only be done if you are the landowner or you have the approval of the landowner.  If you rent your property, you will need to get the approval from your landlord first.  It is recommended you keep written evidence of the approval.

For further information about clearing of vegetation for bush fire preparation, visit the NSW RFS website.

Bush Fire Prone Land Mapping 

A bush fire prone area is an area of land that can support a bush fire or is likely to be subject to bush fire attack.  Bush fire prone areas are identified on a bush fire prone lands map which have been prepared for most councils across NSW. The map identifies bush fire hazards and associated buffer zones within a local government area. 

View Yass Valley's current bush fire prone map.

Bush fire prone land maps are prepared by local councils across the State of NSW and are certified by the Commissioner of the NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS). New development on areas identified as bush fire prone are subject to the development and planning controls of ‘Planning for Bush Fire Protection 2006’ and must be designed to improve the survivability of the development and the occupants that are exposed to a bush fire hazard. 

To find out if you live in a bush fire prone area, contact your local council and ask to view your local bush fire prone land map. This information will also be noted on the 149 Certificate for the property, obtainable from council.  

If you would like to review the guidelines for Councils in preparing the Bush Fire Prone Land maps, you can access them at the NSW Rural Fire Service website

Building in a Bush Fire Prone Area

For publications related to Building in Bush fire Prone Areas, please refer to the NSW Rural Fire Service

General Information on Preparing for a Bush Fire 

The NSW Rural Fire Service website has comprehensive information for community members including how to:

  • Design a bush fire survival plan
  • Know your risk
  • Prepare your home
  • Prepare yourself and your family
  • Interpret Fire Danger Ratings and Warning Levels.

Australian Plants for bush fire areas



Council secured funding for Flood Studies and Floodplain Risk Management Studies and Plans (FRMSP) through the Office of Environment & Heritage (OEH) Floodplain Management Program. 

WMAwater were subsequently engaged to undertake these studies and develop the associated plans.

The draft flood studies were publicly exhibited and were subsequently updated based on the submissions received. These were adopted by Council in 2016.


Yass Flood Study (March 2016): 


Gundaroo Flood Study (March 2016): 


Sutton Flood Study (March 2016): 



Gundaroo and Sutton Floodplain Risk Management Plans



Note that no FRMSP has yet been prepared for Yass – Council is awaiting confirmation of a successful grant application from OEH.