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Fire Department Community Risk Reduction Brush Clearance Program
Brush Clearance Program

The Beverly Hills Fire Department conducts field inspections starting mid-April of every calendar year to all properties located in the Very High Fire Hazard Severity Zone (VHFHSZ), located to the North end of the City. Clearances must be made to structures and removal of all dead, dry vegetation from property will be enforced. Please read ALL requirements in the Brush Clearance Brochure to guide you in compliance.

Abatement of hazardous vegetation is the responsibility of the property owner and shall be maintained year round.

The property owners are sent mailers to inform them of the program inspection start date. If the hazardous vegetation is not abated by the deadline date, penalty fees and legal actions may be imposed for non-compliance.

If you have any further questions on the brush clearance process/program or would like to schedule a pre-inspection of your property, please contact a Fire Prevention Inspector at 310-281-2703.

What and where is the “Very High Fire Hazard Severity Zone” (VHFHSZ)?

Under California law, the Director of Forestry and Fire Protection was directed to evaluate all properties within the State and identify areas at greater risk for life, loss, and destruction of property due to fire.  Statewide survey criterion was used to determine areas classified as a “Very High Fire Hazard Severity Zone.”  Fuel, slope, weather, amount of vegetation, density of homes, roofing materials, and other fire related factors were considered.  As a result of this evaluation, the area north of Sunset Boulevard in Beverly Hills is designated as a “Very High Fire Hazard Severity Zone.”

How do I comply?

You should self-inspect your property and make sure that it meets brush clearance requirements, as outlined in the information brochure that was mailed to all residents in the VHFHSZ.  The Brush Clearance Brochure can also be found by clicking on the link below.

What are the fees associated with the Brush Clearance Program?

To promote community awareness and participation in the Brush Clearance Program, the initial inspection fee will be waived if your property is found to be in compliance when the Fire Department conducts its initial brush inspection.  However, if your property is found noncompliant, you will be assessed the initial inspection fee plus a noncompliance fine and a reinspection fee as identified on page 3 of the Brush Clearance Brochure that was mailed to your home and which can also be found below. 

Will an inspector call before an inspection or can I make an appointment for an inspection?

No.  Due to the large volume of inspections and the fact that inspections are conducted in between responding to emergency calls, it makes it impossible for the Fire Department to call or make appointments.

Are there parking restrictions in the VHFHSZ?

During “Extreme Fire Weather Conditions," the City of Beverly Hills will restrict parking on certain streets north of Sunset.  These parking restrictions are required to ensure residents can evacuate and that firefighting equipment can get into the area.  When the parking restrictions are in place there will be signs posted at the entrance to these particular streets.

To learn more about vegetation management and what you can do to prepare for a wildland fire, please read the following brochures.