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Posted on: April 6, 2022

City Issues Annual Weed Abatement Notices

Weed Abatement Program Update

Every year the City implements a Weed Abatement Program to minimize hazardous fire conditions on certain properties throughout the community. This involves a multi-step process of informing property owners that have large areas of undeveloped property that are prone to wildfire hazards due to natural vegetation overgrowth to perform weed abatement (vegetation reduction) within specified time frames prior to the heightened portion of the fire season in early fall. 

As part of the City's 2022 annual preparation for the upcoming fire season, Community Preservation staff mailed out 1,204 abatement request notices to property owners on March 16, 2022, with a compliance date of May 25, 2022. The weed abatement season is year-round in Southern California, and it is the property owner's responsibility to ensure that their property is maintained in a "fire-safe" condition to protect themselves and their neighbors.

Key dates for the 2022 Weed Abatement Program

  • Compliance Letters sent to Weed Abatement List Property Owners
    • March 16, 2022 (Approximately two weeks earlier than in prior years)
  • Compliance Deadline
    • May 25, 2022 (Provides property owners 70 days to complete abatement work)
  • Commence Compliance Inspections
    • May 26, 2022, through July 19, 2022 (Provides staff 54 days to complete inspections).

Questions?

Property owners who have questions or may need a bit more time can call the Community Preservation Office hotline at 714-961-7138. Due to the amount of rain that the City has had over the last few months, it is apparent that we will encounter an abundance of regrowth of vegetation and weeds. It is imperative that any request for an extension be based on exigent circumstances. The City appreciates the community's partnership and thanks everyone in advance for doing their part to reduce fire fuel load as we approach fire season this fall. Your efforts help to keep our beautiful neighborhoods and properties safe.


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