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Frequently Asked Questions

Published on: 12/31/2013 2:54 PM
​Typically, a property is placed on the program after an inspector identifies a potential fire hazard on the premises.  Fire Departments and other public agencies also submit complaints to the Agricultural Commissioner’s Office.
​All property owners are required to maintain their property free of fire hazards throughout the year.
This is a monitoring program and our primary objective is voluntary compliance.  Click on the General Information tab for further.
Your property will be monitored by the program for three consecutive years of compliance.  If no hazards are found and abated by the county during that time, you property may be removed from the program.
Inspectors use the most current copy of assessors map on file with the County assessor’s office to identify property.  Inspectors also take a gps reading and record the coordinates in our program database.
There will be no cost to you if the Minimum Fire Safety Standards (MFSS) are met by the given deadline and maintained through the fire season.  If work is required by the County contractor, you will be charged for the contractor’s services plus a County administrative fee.  Our goal is to ensure that the MFSS are met at the lowest possible cost to the property owner.
If the County contractor performs abatement work on your property, the charges will appear as a special assessment on your next property tax statement.
The county contractor will use either one of, or a combination of discing, mowing, or hand crew weed whacking to complete abatement.  The county contractor does not and will not use any type of spray to control or eradicate any hazards.​
Grass, weeds, or piles of combustible debris have been declared a public nuisance by your jurisdiction.  Abating hazards in the spring to minimize volume of combustible material helps us to be more effective during the peak fire season.
Property owners are responsible for preventing fire hazards on their property.  If the MFSS have been met, but further work is necessary, the owner will receive an on program letter indicating that further work is needed prior to the county contractor performing the work.  We will also attempt to contact the owner by phone at the number listed on their Return Reply Form.  If the MFSS have not been met, a green 15 day notice postcard will be sent as a courtesy prior to any abatement.  The 15 day notice and/or on program letter are sent to the legal address on file with the Tax Assessor’s office.  It is the owner’s responsibility to keep this information current. If you have moved or recently sold your property, it is recommended that you check the address on file where your tax bill is sent.
Inspectors photograph the conditions of each parcel that work is ordered on.  The county contractor takes a photo before and after each job to document what the parcel looked like before and after he performed the work.  The photos are stored in our database as part of the parcel’s program record.
​Weed Abatement contractors can be found in the yellow pages under “weed control services” or “discing services”.  You may have the county contractor perform the necessary work.  The prices are included with your initial program packed you received in December.  You can also refer to the Documents section of our website and download a copy of the list we have compiled.  The contractors listed are not specifically recommended or endorsed by the county, but listed as a convenience from research and property owner referrals.
Weed Abatement Inspectors are available to assist you and answer your questions.  Please call our Weed Abatement Service Request line at (408) 282-3145 or email us to schedule an onsite consultation with the program staff or to obtain additional information​​