BOARD OF FIRE COMMISSIONERS
JIMMY H. HARA, M.D.
JIMMIE WOODS -GRAY
EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT II
CITY OF LOS ANGELES
RALPH M. TERRAZAS
BRUSH CLEARANCE UNIT
6262 VAN NUYS BLVD. #451
VAN NUYS, CA 91401
Phone Hours: 8:00 a.m to 11:00 a.m
IMPORTANT PROCEDURAL CHANGES - MUST READ
THIS NOTICE IS INFORMATIONAL ONLY
AFFIDAVITS HAVE BEEN DISCONTINUED
NO FEE IF BRUSH CLEARANCE IS COMPLIANT BY APRIL 30, 2018
Check The Status of Your Parcel any time after May 1, 2018 by logging onto vms3.lafd.org. Simply enter your APN in the “Check APN Status” box. If your property has not yet been inspected, the Status Box will indicate “N/A”. If your property failed the Initial Inspection, expect to see a notice in the mail within 7-10 days of the inspection. If your property passed the Initial Inspection, you will not receive any further correspondence from the LAFD Brush Clearance Unit.
Go Green. Go Paperless.
Brush Notice FAQs
A. The Los Angeles Fire Department has decided to discontinue the use of Self Inspection Affidavits. A NEW user-friendly program has been established that continues to promote the protection of lives and property, and allows property owners to exempt their parcel(s) from the Initial Inspection Fee. Take the following steps to exempt your parcel(s) from the 2018 Initial Inspection Fee:
- Conduct a thorough and comprehensive inspection of your property; and
- Remove any and all hazardous vegetation and refuse, as defined in L.A.M.C. Section 57.322 by April 30, 2018.
A. Prior to May 1, 2018, compare you native brush and landscape vegetation with information on our website’s (vms3.lafd.org) “Clearance Requirement” tab. If you are not able to clear your property yourself, hire a professional who can both understand the information and apply it to your property. If you need assistance securing a brush clearance contractor, visit the Brush Unit website at www.lafd.org/brush and click on ‘Brush Clearance Vendor List’. Clean your property as required prior to May 1, 2018 to ensure that you pass the Initial Inspection, avoiding potentially costly Non-Compliance fees.
A. It is the responsibility of every property owner to understand the boundaries of their entire parcel(s). If the property lines of your property are not clear, you can utilize the following websites for assistance:
This site has other features that can be useful. For example, to check if your property is in the Zone - open the map of your parcel using your APN or address. In the left hand column, click on the blue line item labeled ‘Additional’. The row, Very High Fire Hazard Severity Zone will read either ‘Yes’ or ‘No’.
Satisfactorily complete your annual brush clearance by April 30, 2018 in order to be exempt from the 2018 Initial Inspection Fee of $28.
A. The Brush Clearance Unit begins Initial Inspections on May 1, 2018 and should be completed by June 30, 2018.
A. The Brush Clearance Unit begins Initial Inspections on May 1, 2018 and should be completed with all 141,000 Initial Inspections by June 30, 2018. It is not possible to schedule or reschedule your Initial Inspection. Should the Brush Unit inspect and fail your parcel prior to brush clearance, you should expect to receive a notice of Non-Compliance in the mail within 7-10 days. As set forth in the notice, you will have 15 days to bring your property into compliance. Because the parcel failed the Initial Inspection, you will be assessed an Initial Inspection Fee of $28. An invoice for $28 should be mailed to you mid July- August.
A. The Los Angeles City Fire Department has the responsibility of notifying all property owners owning property in the VHFHSZ of the Brush Clearance Program. However, if you would like to Go Green and Go Paperless, register an account with vms3.lafd.org and agree to receive all notifications from the Brush Clearance Unit via email. A registered account will opt you out of all paper notifications in the future.
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