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
THIS NOTICE IS INFORMATION ONLY - THIS IS NOT A BILL
TAKE THE FOLLOWING STEPS TO EXEMPT YOUR PARCEL(S) FROM THE 2019 INSPECTION FEE ($29)
NO BRUSH CLEARANCE INITIAL INSPECTION FEE IF COMPLIANT BY APRIL 30, 2019
Check The Status of Your Parcel any time after May 1, 2019 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 see "passed," in the Status box and will not receive any further correspondence from the LAFD Brush Clearance Unit.
IMPORTANT PROCEDURAL CHANGES- MUST READ
L. A.M.C Sec 57.305.5.2. RESTRICTION ON USE OF CERTAIN METAL CUTTING BLADES
Use of metal cutting blades for grass or brush clearance shall be limited to those which are non-ferrous/non-sparking.
The provisions of this section shall apply when grass or brush clearance operations are being conducted in accordance with Section 57.322.1 in areas within the Very High Hazard Severity Zone (VHFHSZ) as defined in Figure 57.4908.1.1
Sec. 2 A new Section 57.305.5.2.1 is added to Article 7, Chapter V of the Los Angeles Municipal Code to read as follows:
L. A.M.C Sec 57.318.104.22.168. ADDITIONAL BRUSH CLEARANCE REQUIREMENTS
All individuals performing grass or brush clearance activities in the VHFHSZ shall adhere to the following specific requirements:
- Grass or brush clearance operations shall not be conducted on red flag days.
- Individuals engaged in grass or brush clearance operations shall not engage in any other activities during their actual clearance of grass or brush.
- Individuals engaged in grass or brush clearance operations shall use an appropriate extinguishing agent immediately to extinguish a fire.
- All fires, regardless of size, shall be reported immediately via the 9-1-1 system to the Fire Department.
- A class 2-A two (2) gallon water fire extinguisher, pressurized garden hose with attached nozzle (fully open), or comparable pressurized Class 2-A extinguishing device, shall be within 10 feet of any grass or brush clearance operation.
- Where a gasoline container is present at the site of the grass or brush clearance operation, a minimum 4A 60 BC dry chemical fire extinguisher shall be within 10 feet of the brush clearance operation.
- A cell phone capable of dialing 9-1-1 shall be charged and readily accessible to the grass or brush clearance operation.
- A safety strap shall be used at all times for any tool or appliance with hot exhaust. Hot exhaust shall not come in contact with any brush, grass, flash fuels, or other flammable material.
L.A.M.C Sec 57.322.214.171.124.1. PENALTY
A first violation of this section shall be an infraction punishable by a fine not to exceed $250. A second and all subsequent violations of this section shall be subject to the provisions of Section 11.00 of the Los Angeles Municipal Code, including prosecution as an infraction or prosecution as a misdemeanor punishable by a fine not to exceed $1,000, by imprisonment in the County jail for a period not to exceed six months, or by both such fine and imprisonment. In addition to the aforementioned penalties, any violator convicted under this section, which resulted in a fire, may be liable for any civil cost recovery associated with the fire, as permitted by law.
For more information about Restrictions On Use Of Metal Cutting Blades, please visit www.lafd.org/brush and click on RESTRICTIONS ON METAL CUTTING BLADES.
Homeless Encampments Are A Public Safety Concern
Please call 311 or go to firstname.lastname@example.org to report a homeless encampment in your area. If a homeless encampment has developed on your property go to lapdonline.org/trespass for an LAPD Trespass Instruction Sheet and Trespass Arrest Authorization Form.
Brush Notice FAQs
A. Prior to May 1, 2019, compare your 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, 2019 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, 2019 in order to be exempt from the 2019 Initial Inspection Fee of $29.
A. The Brush Clearance Unit begins Initial Inspections on May 1, 2019 and should be completed by June 30, 2019.
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.
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