Inspection Process

Primary responsibility for brush clearance falls on the property owner through self-inspection.

Parcels will be inspected multiple times throughout the year. Every year, all parcels in the City receive an annual inspection for compliance with the City's Municipal Code. These annual inspections are conducted by the fire department beginning May 1st.

After a property owner has been given notice to clear his/her property and it is determined to be in continued non-compliance, the parcel will be subject to abatement at the cost of the owner, and the owner will be subject to citation. Property owners will then have a chance to appeal their citation and submit a Request for Preliminary Review Hearing as to why the decision should be reversed.

In addition to annual inspection, the Fire Marshal and/or Fire Chief routinely inspect parcels throughout the City for the requirements listed above throughout the year. Any parcels with hazards noted during these inspections will also be subject to abatement and citation.

Thirdly, our Fire Prevention staff also receives complaints requests from members of the community and from City employees during the course of the year. A fire inspector will verify that a hazard exists, fill out an inspection form and the City will give notice to the property owner.

  • Trees, shrubs, bushes or other vegetation adjacent to or overhanging any structure shall be maintained free of dead limbs and other combustible material.
  • Roof surfaces shall be maintained free of accumulations of leaves, needles, and other combustible material.
  • Trees shall be maintained so that no portion is closer than 10 feet from any chimney.
  • All cut brush, weeds, and debris shall be removed and legally disposed of.