Weed Abatement Program
Every Spring and Summer the Fire Department conducts an extensive Vegetation Management program in the City of South San Francisco. This program is designed to reduce or prevent the spread of wildfire from one property to another. The Fire Department sends a mailing to several hundred properties prior to the start of the program to make sure that property owners understand the standards and purpose of the program.
If a property owner does not comply, within the time frame outlined on their letter, the South San Francisco Fire Department will send a notice of violation to the property owner. In this case the cost of the work and administrative fees are placed as liens against the property.
Effective May 1, 2006
Properties in violation will be identified due to the presence of “Dead, decayed, diseased or hazardous tress, weeds or other vegetation constituting unsightly appearance, dangerous to public safety and welfare or detrimental to neighboring property or property values.”
California Fire Code, Section 1103.2.4, Municipal Code 8.54.070 (b) (1), Public Resources Code (PRC) 4291, Government Code (GC) 51182.
Creating and maintaining defensible space on your property will significantly increase the chances of your home surviving a vegetation fire. This requires cutting the native brush and native vegetation and removing the dried, cut grass a distance of at least 30-feet or to property line from any structure. For areas of increased vegetation, slope or aspect your requirement of defensible space may increase.
If you have any questions or comments please call the South San Francisco Fire Prevention Weed Abatement Hotline at (650) 829-7222 extension 1111, Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. or by E-mail.