Clearance Requirements & Contractor List

Revised – February 9, 2017
 

CLEARANCE REQUIREMENTS

 
Owners of property located in the Very High Fire Hazard Severity Zone (VHFHSZ) shall maintain their property in accordance with the Fire Code (L.A.M.C. 57.322).   Year-round compliance shall be maintained as described below on all native brush, weeds, grass, trees and hazardous vegetation within 200 feet of any structures/buildings, whether those structures are on the owner’s property or adjoining properties, and within 10 feet of any combustible fence or roadway/driveway used for vehicular travel.  
 
  1. Maintain all weeds and grasses at a maximum height of 3 inches.
  • NOTE:  Due to soil erosion, your Brush Clearance Unit does not require neither recommend the removal of roots nor the practice of raking the soil (cutting the vegetation down below the soil surface).   The requirement is to maintain hazardous vegetation (brush/grass/weeds) at a maximum height of 3 inches.
  1. Maintain the lower 1/3rd of trees and shrubs by removing all leafy foliage, twigs, and branches up to a maximum of 6 feet from the ground (i.e., any tree 18 feet or higher requires only 6 feet of clearance).
  • NOTE:  This requirement does not apply to fruit trees, privacy hedges, and ornamental shrubbery (e.g., Italian cypress trees) provided they are well maintained and free of all dead and dry material. 
  1. Remove all dead trees and shrubs.
     
  2. Maintain 5 feet of vertical clearance between roof surfaces and portions of overhanging trees and shrubs (i.e., any overhanging foliage must be at least 5 feet above the roof).
     
  3. Remove any portion of a tree or shrub within 10-foot radius of a chimney outlet.
     
  4. Maintain the roofs of all structures free of leaves, needles, twigs and other combustible matter.
     
  5. Remove all dead/dry undergrowth and material within trees and shrubs to include all dead or dry palm fronds/branches.
     
  6. Once brush clearance is conducted, remove and safely dispose of all cut or bagged vegetation, all dead trees and all debris.  This includes all combustible junk, trash or debris that may be on your property, regardless of how it got there. Combustible debris may include, but is not limited to, paper trash, cardboard boxes, household trash, fabric/clothing, plastic, rubber/tires, or piles of yard waste.
     
  7. Cut vegetation may be machine processed (chipped) and spread as ground cover (mulch) so it does not exceed 3 inches in depth within 30 feet of structures and no more than 6 inches in depth 30+ feet from structures/buildings.  Machine processed/chipped material shall not be placed within 10 feet of combustible fences or road surfaces.
     
  8. Trim Native shrubs/brush so foliage is removed from lower third up to a maximum of 6 feet.  Native shrubs shall not exceed 216 cubic feet in volume and shall be spaced not less than 3 times its maximum height but not less than 18 feet from other native shrubs, structures, and combustible material. 
  • NOTE:  Native Shrubs/Brush are indigenous plants that mostly grow wild without any watering or care.  High Energy Release Shrubs/Brush include, but are not limited to, Junipers, Spanish or Scotch Broom, Manzanita, Service Berry, Mountain Mahogany/Whitethorn, Sage, and Rabbit Brush, and as determined by the Fire Chief. 
  1. Maintain all other landscape vegetation, including, but not limited to, conifers (e.g., cedar, cypress, fir, juniper, and pine), eucalyptus, acacia, palm and pampas grass in such a condition as not to provide an available fuel supply to augment the spread or intensity of a fire or impede egress of emergency vehicles.  This includes trimming up and removing all dead and dry material as required above.
     
  2. Firewood shall be located 30 feet away from any structure or shall be completely enclosed within a fire resistive closed container (L.A.M.C. Sec. 4906.3.3).
     
  3. Trim back vegetation and maintain 3 feet radius clearance around fire hydrants (L.A.M.C. Sec. 57.507.5).
     
  4. Vegetation/branches extending past curb and over the street shall be trimmed back to the curb line and up a minimum of 14 feet vertically from the roadway surface to the lowest overhanging branch to provide clearance for emergency vehicles (L.A.M.C. Sec. 57.503.1).
  • NOTE:  Vegetation/branches extending over the sidewalk shall also be trimmed up a minimum of 9 feet vertically from the sidewalk surface to the lowest overhanging branch so as not to obstruct or interfere with the free passage of pedestrians (L.A.M.C. Sec. 56.08).

 

2018 BRUSH CLEARANCE CONTRACTORS LIST

 

AVALON LANDSCAPE, INC.
Luis Cadiz
5940 Buffalo Avenue
Van Nuys, CA  91401
(818) 981-0452
CA, EHAP, CSLB C-61/D-49,
 
BRIAN WALSH BRUSH CLEARANCE
Brian T. Walsh
1622 Winona Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA  90027
(323) 662-9062
CA, EHAP, CSLB C-61/D-49
 
INTERNATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL CORP.
Virginia Cespedes
PO Box 4218
Panorama City, CA  91412
(818) 892-9341
ASCA/RCA, CA, CAUS, CAMS, CTWCS, TCIA, CTSP, EHAP, CSLB C-16/D-49, CSLB C-31
 
PAN AMERICAN BRUSH CLEARANCE, INC.
Eddie Martinez
4570 Van Nuys Blvd. #284
Sherman Oaks, CA  91403
(818) 766-1966
CSLB C-61/D-49
 
 
PEPO WEED ABATEMENT, INC.
Mike Pepo
5660 Long Pine Pl.
Paso Robles, CA  93446
(661) 878-2831
CSLB C-61/D-49
 
SILENT FIRE, INC. MONET WILD FLOWERS
Courtney Kite
1409 Kuchner Dr. 
Simi Valley, CA  93063
(323) 244-7144
CSLB C-61/D-49
 
THRIFTY TREE SERVICE, INC.
Dave Aviram
18625 Topham Street
Tarzana, CA  91335
(818) 996-4577
CA, CSLB C-61/D-49
KEYS:
ASCA/RCA
CA
CAUS
CAMS
CTWCS
TCIA
CTSP
EHAP
CSLB C-61/D-49
CSLB C-31
American Society of Consulting Arborist/Registered Consulting Arborists
Certified Arborist
Certified Arborist Utility Specialist
Certified Arborist Municipal Specialist
Certified Tree Worker Climber Specialist
TCIA Accredited
TCIA Certified Treecare Safety Professionals
TCIA Electrical Hazards Awareness Program
Limited Specialty Tree Service Contractor
Construction Zone Traffic Control Contractor
  
  
  
Disclaimer:  The above list of vendors provides hazard reduction services to assist landowners in complying with brush clearance codes.  This list is not an endorsement of any vendor and the City of Los Angeles is not responsible or liable for any services rendered.  It is the landowner’s responsibility to request current proof of insurance, bond and license, and to obtain any other relevant information about any vendor.
 
 
 

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