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To view secured information regarding your annual brush inspection, login with your email and password or register a new account.

2019 annual inspection begins MAY 1st. Please refer to the owner mailer for more information.

AFFIDAVITS HAVE BEEN DISCONTINUED

Submit Your Self Inspection Affidavit(s) Online

THIS FUNCTION IS NO LONGER AVAILABLE IF YOUR DUE DATE HAS EXPIRED

Thank you for choosing to submit your Self Inspection Affidavit online.

Please have your Affidavit available with APN (Assessor Parcel Number) and PIN provided. 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.

For further guidance go to lafd.org/brush

Click on the green button with plus sign to add additional APN's for bulk submission

BOARD OF FIRE COMMISSIONERS
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DELIA IBARRA
PRESIDENT

ANDREW GLAZIER
VICE PRESIDENT

JIMMY H. HARA, M.D.
REBECCA NINBURG
JIMMIE WOODS -GRAY
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LETICIA GOMEZ
EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT II
CITY OF LOS ANGELES
CALIFORNIA

ERIC GARCETTI
MAYOR
FIRE DEPARTMENT
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RALPH M. TERRAZAS
FIRE CHIEF

BRUSH CLEARANCE UNIT
6262 VAN NUYS BLVD. #451
VAN NUYS, CA 91401
(800) 994-4444
Phone Hours: 8:00 a.m to 11:00 a.m
www.lafd.org/brush
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OWNER NOTIFICATION

THIS NOTICE IS INFORMATIONAL ONLY – THIS IS NOT A BILL

AN EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY-AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EMPLOYER
The LAFD provides reasonable accommodations to assure equal access to its programs, services and facilities. For more information call (800) 994-4444

February 19, 2019

Dear Property Owner,

The Los Angeles Fire Department provides a thorough and comprehensive brush program in order to protect lives and property for those who live and enjoy the hillside communities within the City of Los Angeles. Section 57.322.2 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 the authority to collect a fee for inspection of properties located in the Very High Fire Hazard Severity Zone (VHFHSZ).

A $29* Inspection fee has been instituted to recover the cost associated with the initial brush inspection, which is conducted by a team of Fire Inspectors during the months of May and June to identify hazards. Property owners that are not in compliance with the Brush Clearance Ordinance shall be issued a Notice(s) of Noncompliance, and billed $29* for the inspection. Inspection billing will begin during the month of July 2019, and must be paid by the dates specified on the bill. Failure to submit payment will result in an assessment of a 200% penalty.

However, The Ordinance provides an opportunity for the property owner to AVOID THE $29* INSPECTION FEE by maintaining their property in accordance with the provisions set forth on L.A.M.C Section 57.322, et seq. IN ORDER TO AVOID ASSESSMENT OF AN INSPECTION FEE, BRUSH CLEARANCE SHALL BE CONDUCTED AND COMPLETE COMPLIANCE IS REQUIRED AS DEFINED IN L.A.M.C SECTION 57.322 BY APRIL 30, 2019. If compliance is not complete by April 30, 2019, Property owners are subject to the $29* fee if their property fails the inspection.

The safety of your home can be significantly increased with proper brush clearance, advanced planning, and preparation. Brush clearance is a year-round responsibility. Thank you for your continued support and cooperation. For questions or concerns, please contact the Brush Clearance Unit via phone at (800) 994-4444 between the hours of 8:00 a.m and 11:00 a.m, email us at lafdbrush@lacity.org or visit our website at www.lafd.org/brush.

Very truly yours,
Kristin M. Crowley
Fire Marshal
TAKE THE FOLLOWING STEPS TO EXEMPT YOUR PARCEL(S)
FROM THE 2019 INSPECTION FEE ($29*)

Step 1. Conduct a thorough and comprehensive inspection of your property.
Step 2. Remove from the property any hazardous refuse or hazardous vegetation, as defined in L.A.M.C. Section 57.322 (See page 3 for minimum requirements) by April 30, 2019.

It is not necessary to notify the Fire Department after completing Steps 1 and 2. The Fire Department will automatically conduct the initial inspection of your parcel(s) beginning May 1, 2019 through June 30, 2019.

NO BRUSH CLEARANCE INITIAL INSPECTION FEE IF COMPLIANT BY APRIL 30, 2019

THE FEE SCHEDULE FOR NONCOMPLIANCE IS AS FOLLOWS
- INITIAL INSPECTION COMPLIANT (PASSED) NO FEE IS ASSESSED
- INITIAL INSPECTION (FAIL), INITIAL INSPECTION FEE IS $29*

ALL PARCELS RECEIVING A FAILED INITIAL INSPECTION WILL RECEIVE A
RE-INSPECTION
-COMPLIANT ON REINSPECTION (PASSED) – NO ADDITIONAL FEES ($29*) ASSESSED
 FOR INITIAL ONLY
- NON COMPLIANT RE-INSPECTION (FAIL) FEE $508*
- RED TAG and CONTRACTING ADMINISTRATIVE FEE $1312 + CONTRACTOR’S PRICE

Each parcel located in the VHFHSZ is subject to the $29* Initial Inspection Fee.
The Fire Department is the final authority in determining compliance.

Check The Status of Your Parcel any time after May 1, 2019, by logging onto www.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 “Inspection Due”. 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.

To View Secured Information regarding your annual brush inspection, log onto www.vms3.lafd.org and GO GREEN, GO PAPERLESS. Register a Brush Clearance account and follow the brush status of your property through 2019. Simply use the APN and PIN located on the INDEX CARD provided. With a registered account: photos taken by the Inspector of brush hazards on your property are viewable, and having a registered account, you agree to receive all Brush Clearance Notifications (pass or fail) via email from the Los Angeles Fire Department Brush Clearance Unit.

Maintaining Your Property in accordance with L.A.M.C Section 57.322 is due by April 30, 2019, and is a year-round responsibility. To assure continuous compliance, it may be necessary for you to conduct a thorough and comprehensive inspection of your property more than once a year.

*SUBJECT TO CHANGE



MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS


  1. Areas within 200 feet of structures and/or 10 feet of roadside surfaces or combustible fence: Grass shall be cut to three inches in height. Native brush shall be reduced in quantity to three inches in height. This does not apply to individual native shrubs spaced a minimum of 18 feet apart, provided such shrubs are trimmed up from the ground to 1/3 of their height with all dead material being removed (see diagram below).
  2. For trees taller than 18 feet, trim lower branches so no foliage is within six feet of the ground, and remove all dead material. For trees and shrubs less than 18 feet, remove lower branches to 1/3 of their height, and remove all dead material (see diagram below).
  3. Trees shall be trimmed up so the foliage is no closer than 10 feet from the outlet of a chimney (see diagram below).
  4. All roof surfaces shall be maintained free of substantial accumulation of leaves, needles, twigs and any other combustible matter. Maintain five feet of vertical clearance between roof surfaces and portions of overhanging trees (see diagram below).
  5. All cut vegetation and debris shall be removed in a legal manner. Cut vegetation may be machine processed (i.e.,chipped) and spread back onto the property at a depth not to exceed three inches within 30 feet of structures and six inches beyond 30 feet of structures. In addition, spread material shall not be placed within 10 feet of any usable roadside (in accordance with Fire Prevention Bureau Procedure No. 25)

The above general requirements also apply to landscape vegetation.

VEGETATION MANAGEMENT IS A YEAR-ROUND RESPONSIBILITY

Clear Early, Clear Often.

You Are Only Responsible To Clean Your Property.

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 57.322.1.1.10. ADDITIONAL BRUSH CLEARANCE REQUIREMENTS

All individuals performing grass or brush clearance activities in the VHFHSZ shall adhere to the following specific requirements:


  1. Grass or brush clearance operations shall not be conducted on red flag days.
  2. Individuals engaged in grass or brush clearance operations shall not engage in any other activities during their actual clearance of grass or brush.
  3. Individuals engaged in grass or brush clearance operations shall use an appropriate extinguishing agent immediately to extinguish a fire.
  4. All fires, regardless of size, shall be reported immediately via the 9-1-1 system to the Fire Department.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. A cell phone capable of dialing 9-1-1 shall be charged and readily accessible to the grass or brush clearance operation.
  8. 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 57.322.1.1.10.1. 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 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 myla311@lacity.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.




GO GREEN, GO PAPERLESS

Register a Brush Clearance Account and follow the status of your property through Brush Season 2019!

Visit

vms3.lafd.org

With a Registered Account you agree to receive all notifications via email

You’ll just need your

APN XXXXXXXXXX and PIN XXXXXXXX

Remember, avoid the $29 inspection fee, clean your property by

April 30th.


PROPERTY OWNER

6262 VAN NUYS BLVD STE 451

VAN NUYS CA 91432

Brush Clearance Unit (BCU) Quick Reference


BCU Office Hours: 7:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M.

BCU Phone Hours: 8:00 A.M to 11:00 A.M. (800) 994-4444 M-F

BCU Email: lafdbrush@lacity.org


View the status of your parcel:

vms3.lafd.org

The Brush Clearance Program:

vms3.lafd.org - this site is informative and can be helpful prior to beginning the brush clearance on your parcel(s). If you are not able to clear your property yourself, hire a professional who can understand the requirements and apply it to your property. If you need assistance securing a brush clearance contractor, click on “Brush Clearance Vendor List.”



Need help verifying your property lines?

zimas.lacity.org - allows you to view your parcel in colored satellite view. The image is not the most current but displayed landmarks and how they relate to your property lines can be helpful.


https://assessor.lacounty.gov - allows you to identify your parcel on the assessor map using your APN or address. Property line dimensions are also included on this map.


The safety of your home can be significantly increased with proper brush clearance, advanced planning, and preparation. Brush clearance is a year-round responsibility. Clear Early, Clear Often.


Thank you for your continued support and cooperation.



Clearance Requirements

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.

  1. Maintain all weeds and grasses at a maximum height of 3 inches.

    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.  

  2. Maintain the lower 1/3rd of trees and shrubs by removing all leafy foliage, twigs, and branches up to a maximum of 6 feet from the ground (i.e., any tree 18 feet or higher requires only 6 feet of clearance).

    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.  

  3. Remove all dead trees and shrubs.
  4. Maintain 5 feet of vertical clearance between roof surfaces and portions of overhanging trees and shrubs (i.e., any overhanging foliage must be at least 5 feet above the roof).
  5. Remove any portion of a tree or shrub within 10-foot radius of a chimney outlet.
  6. Maintain the roofs of all structures free of leaves, needles, twigs and other combustible matter.
  7. Remove all dead/dry undergrowth and material within trees and shrubs to include all dead or dry palm fronds/branches.
  8. Once brush clearance is conducted, remove and safely dispose of all cut or bagged vegetation, all dead trees and all debris. This includes all combustible junk, trash or debris that may be on your property, regardless of how it got there. Combustible debris may include, but is not limited to, paper trash, cardboard boxes, household trash, fabric/clothing, plastic, rubber/tires, or piles of yard waste. 
  9. Cut vegetation may be machine processed (chipped) and spread as ground cover (mulch) so it does not exceed 3 inches in depth within
    30 feet of structures and no more than 6 inches in depth 30+ feet from structures/buildings. Machine processed/chipped material shall not be placed within 10 feet of combustible fences or road surfaces.
  10. Trim Native shrubs/brush so foliage is removed from lower third up to a maximum of 6 feet. Native shrubs shall not exceed 216 cubic feet in volume and shall be spaced not less than 3 times its maximum height but not less than 18 feet from other native shrubs, structures, and combustible 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.  

  11. Maintain all other landscape vegetation, including, but not limited to, conifers (e.g., cedar, cypress, fir, juniper, and pine), eucalyptus, acacia, palm and pampas grass in such a condition as not to provide an available fuel supply to augment the spread or intensity of a fire or impede egress of emergency vehicles. This includes trimming up and removing all dead and dry material as required above.
  12. Firewood shall be located 30 feet away from any structure or shall be completely enclosed within a fire resistive closed container (L.A.M.C. Sec. 4906.3.3).
  13. Trim back vegetation and maintain 3 feet radius clearance around fire hydrants (L.A.M.C. Sec. 57.507.5).
  14. Vegetation/branches extending past curb and over the street shall be trimmed back to the curb line and up a minimum of 14 feet vertically from the roadway surface to the lowest overhanging branch to provide clearance for emergency vehicles (L.A.M.C. Sec. 57.503.1).

    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).  

Contact Us

Mail/Walk In:

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

Email: lafdbrush@lacity.org


Accounting Services

Billing Questions Call (213) 978-3424

Hours: 8:00 a.m to 4:00 p.m

Email: lafd.brushacctg@lacity.org

Brush Notice FAQs

Q. Why am I no longer receiving a Self Inspection Affidavit?

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 2019 Initial Inspection Fee:
1. Conduct a thorough and comprehensive inspection of your property; and
2. Remove any and all hazardous vegetation and refuse, as defined in L.A.M.C. Section 57.322 by April 30, 2019.

Q. What procedures must I complete to ensure I am not assessed any brush clearance fees?

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.

Q. How can I check my property to ensure complete compliance?

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:

www.maps.assessor.lacounty.gov- allows you to identify your parcel on the assessor map using your assessor parcel number (APN) or address. Property line dimensions are also included on this map.

www.zimas.lacity.org - allows you to view your parcel in a colored satellite view. The image may not be the most current but can allow you to see landmarks and how they relate to your parcel regarding property lines.

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’.

The Brush Unit’s website www.lafd.org/brush is very informative and can be helpful prior to beginning the brush clearance on your parcel(s).

Satisfactorily complete your annual brush clearance by April 30, 2019 in order to be exempt from the 2019 Initial Inspection Fee of $29.

Q. How will I know when my property has been inspected?

A. The Brush Clearance Unit begins Initial Inspections on May 1, 2019, and should be completed by June 30, 2019.
Check the status of your parcel anytime after May 1st by logging onto www.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 “Inspection Due”. If your property failed the Initial Inspection, expect to see a notice in the mail within 7-10 days. If your property passed the Initial Inspection, you will not receive any correspondence from the LAFD Brush Clearance Unit.
To view secured information regarding your annual brush inspection log onto www.vms3.lafd.org with your registered email/password or create a new account. A registered account qualifies you to receive an automated email notifying you that your Initial Inspection has been completed (in real time).

Q. What if I cannot complete the brush clearance on my property by April 30th?

A. The Brush Clearance Unit begins Initial Inspections on May 1, 2019, and should be completed with all 141,000 Initial Inspections by June 30, 2019. 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 $29. An invoice for $29 should be mailed to you mid July- August.

Q. Why am I receiving this mailer?

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 www.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.