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Hazardous Vegetation and Combustible Material Ordinance

Effective May 21, 2020, Placer County’s ordinance governs the abatement of hazardous vegetation and combustible material on both vacant and improved parcels. The ordinance provides fire officials with consistent guidelines to ensure adequate defensible space is maintained around structures and enforcement mechanisms are in place to encourage compliance.

California Public Resource Code 4291 and local fire codes require a property owner to maintain 100 feet of defensible space around all structures. This update to the county’s ordinance brings the state, local fire code, and county together by providing the same standards through one resource. In addition, the ordinance would give fire officials the authority to require fire hazard abatement outside of the traditional 100-foot distance in extraordinary high-hazard circumstances.

Requesting an Inspection

To request an inspection, contact the Fire District serving the property in question. For Placer County Fire concerns, please leave a voicemail at 530-886-3570.

Fire Department/District Boundary Map

Defensible Space

This is the single most effective strategy for protecting structures and assisting firefighting efforts. The County’s ordinance requires 100 feet of defensible space around improvements such as homes. Local fire agencies perform defensible space inspections to ensure residences meet the County standards.

Key Resources


ordHazardous Vegetation Abatement Ordinance 

cal fire Opens in new windowCal Fire Defensible Space Guide  

Emergency Services Opens in new windowEmergency Services  

truck Need Help? Hazardous Vegetation Abatement Resources   

notice Notice of Violation and Order to Abate   

Admin Hearing Opens in new window Administrative Hearings    

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