The canyons of Los Angeles are always a challenge in terms of fire safety. In addition to obvious brushy hillsides, there are multiple types of fire hazards that exist because of ornamental vegetation. The Los Angeles Fire Department works year-round to ensure those with this type of shrubbery obey the Fire Code relative to clearance and care.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
- The fastest way is via vms3.lafd.org. Simply enter your APN in the “Check APN Status” Box after May 1, 2019 and the system will tell you if your parcel is in compliance or noncompliance. If your property has not yet been inspected, the Status Box will indicate “NA.” If your property is not in compliance, expect to see a notice in the mail within seven to 10 days. If your property passed inspection, you will not receive any correspondence from the LAFD Brush Unit.
- The best way to contact us is to send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include your APN and a brief description of the issue you would like to discuss. A member of the Brush Unit will respond to you within 48 hours. You are also welcome to call (800) 994-4444. We thank you for your patience in advance during this very busy season.
- Read the notice carefully to identify the violations your property was cited for. Please correct those violations by the “Due Date” located at the top right portion of your notice. If you need clarification about the violations you can refer to www.lafd.org/fire-prevention/clearance-requirements.
- You do not have to do anything at this point. As the notice indicates, you have 15 days to correct the violations on your property. After 15 days, a fire inspector will re-inspect your property. If your property is found in compliance after re-inspection then a F-1307 “Cleared by Owner” notice will be mailed to you. However, if your property is still found to be in “Noncompliance” after re-inspection, a “Second Notice to Abate a Fire Hazard” will be sent to you at which point the City will start the contracting process to have your property cleared at your expense.
- The City does not provide a recommendation or endorsement of any contractor. It is the property owner's responsibility to request current proof of insurance, bond and license, and to obtain any other relevant information about any contractor, please see, 2019 Brush Clearance Contractor List. You may verify if a contractor is licensed by the California Contractors State License Board at www.cslb.ca.gov.
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