BRUSH CLEARANCE: BASIC INSPECTION PROCESS
Owner's Self Inspection
- Compare your native brush and landscape vegetation with the information on this website. If you are not able to do this yourself, hire a professional who can both understand the information and apply it to your property.
- Clean your property as required prior to deadline this year so that you pass the first fire department inspection thus avoiding a time consuming second inspection and a costly non-compliance fee.
- There is no need to call for an inspection at any time. Our computer system keeps track of all properties that are due for inspection. The appropriate inspector is notified that your property is due for inspection and/or reinspection.
- The first inspection is done by the LAFD Inspectors and Brush Task Force members for approximately four to six weeks until all parcels in the brush zone have been inspected.
- Those parcels that are found to be in violation will be issued a notice of violation and assessed an initial inspection fee.
- The homeowner or person responsible will have 20 days to comply with the notice of violation.
- Homeowners found to be in compliance upon initial inspection will not be charged an inspection fee.
- Property Owners who were issued a notice of violation on the first inspection will be inspected a second time after the 20 day period.
- Owners can check the status of their property by registering an account at vms3.lafd.org.
- If the property is not fully in compliance upon initial inspection, the owner will be notified via the mail or email if registered with vms3.lafd.org.
- Please do not call the LAFD Brush Unit when you’re ready for this re-inspection. The re-inspection will be automatically scheduled.
If your property remains in noncompliance after a failed re-inspection, it will be cleared by City contractors. The property owner will be invoiced a noncompliance fee + an administrative fee + the contractors fee.