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Owners of property located in the Very High Fire Hazard Severity Zone (VHFHSZ) shall maintain their property in accordance with the Fire Code (L.A.M.C. 57.322). Year-round compliance shall be maintained as described below on all native brush, weeds, grass, trees and hazardous vegetation within 200 feet of any structures/buildings, whether those structures are on the owner’s property or adjoining properties, and within 10 feet of any combustible fence or roadway/driveway used for vehicular travel.
NOTE: Due to soil erosion, your Brush Clearance Unit does not require neither recommend the removal of roots nor the practice of raking the soil (cutting the vegetation down below the soil surface). The requirement is to maintain hazardous vegetation (brush/grass/weeds) at a maximum height of 3 inches.
NOTE: This requirement does not apply to fruit trees, privacy hedges, and ornamental shrubbery (e.g., Italian cypress trees) provided they are well maintained and free of all dead and dry material.
NOTE: Native Shrubs/Brush are indigenous plants that mostly grow wild without any watering or care. High Energy Release Shrubs/Brush include, but are not limited to, Junipers, Spanish or Scotch Broom, Manzanita, Service Berry, Mountain Mahogany/Whitethorn, Sage, and Rabbit Brush, and as determined by the Fire Chief.
NOTE: Vegetation/branches extending over the sidewalk shall also be trimmed up a minimum of 9 feet vertically from the sidewalk surface to the lowest overhanging branch so as not to obstruct or interfere with the free passage of pedestrians (L.A.M.C. Sec. 56.08).
BRUSH CLEARANCE UNIT 6262 VAN NUYS BLVD, #451 VAN NUYS, CA 91401
Phone: (800) 994-4444
Hours: 8:00 a.m to 11:00 a.m
Billing Questions Call (213) 978-3424
Hours: 8:00 a.m to 4:00 p.m
Section 57.4908.1 of the Los Angeles Municipal Code and Ordinance No. 172449 adopted by the Los Angeles City Council and approved by the Mayor, provides the Fire Department with the authority to collect a $27 fee for inspections of properties located in the Very High Fire Hazard Severity Zone (VHFHSZ). A Self Inspection Affidavit is required for every parcel in the VHFHSZ or will be subject to a $27 initial inspection fee.
Creating an account is not a mandatory process for submitting your Self Inspection Affidavit online. However registering with ngbrush.lafd.org will provide access to more information on your property status.
You can submit your Self Inspection Affidavit online at ngbrush.lafd.org.
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If you choose not to submit your Self Inspection Affidavit you will be subject to an initial inspection fee. If you are late submitting your Affidavit you will not be able to submit it online. Your Affidavit will not be accepted and you will be subject to an initial inspection fee.
A maximum of 10 Affidavits can be submitted in a single entry. Please follow the process to complete your online submission. A printable confirmation for Affidavits will be provided upon successful completion of submission.