Introduction and FAQs

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
I want to check the status of my property. How can I do that?
  • The fastest way is via Simply enter your APN in the “Check APN Status” Box and the system will tell you if your parcel is in compliance or non-compliance. 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. 
What is the best way to contact the Brush Unit?
  • The best way to contact us is to send an email to 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. 
I received a Notice of Non Compliance in the mail. What am I supposed to do?
  • 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 
I was issued a “Notice of Non Compliance” and have finished clearing my property of the violations for which I was cited. What should I do next?
  • 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 “Non-Compliance” 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.
Is there a contractor I should use to clear my property?
  • We cannot recommend a contractor for you to use, but we do have a list of contractors that have been certified as understanding the brush inspection requirements. See a list of city-approved contractors by clicking here. You are not required to use a certified contractor to clear your property. 
I just bought my house. Where can I learn about brush zone and the  requirements?