Help Fire & Emergency Services prepare for fire season by clearing weeds.
Residents of Atascadero are encouraged to get an early start on weed abatement. Fire & Emergency Services’ mission, through its hazard reduction program, is to eliminate vegetative growth and/or refuse which may constitute a fire or life and safety hazard.
Initial field inspections begin each spring to identify parcels that have hazardous vegetative growth and/or refuse. Following the inspections, letters are mailed to the property owners that have hazardous weeds and/or refuse on their property, requesting them to remove the hazards. Property owners have until June 1st to complete the required abatement of the noxious weeds and/or refuse. If the abatement is not done by June 1st, the City’s weed abatement contractor will be authorized to clear the hazardous weeds and/or refuse for the residents.
If the City contractor must clear the weeds and/or refuse, the individual property owner will be billed at 166% of the total contractor's cost plus a flat fee of $282. Those charges will then be assessed on the individual owner's property tax bill.
Per the City of Atascadero Municipal Code, Title 6 Health and Sanitation, Chapter 13 Removal of Vegetative Growth and/or Refuse, and Ordinance No. 371, the following guidelines are to be adhered to.
The Fire Chief has established the following requirements:
Clearance Requirement of Vegetative Growth (noxious weeds) Maximum height of 4 inches;
1. Located within 100 feet of any building or structure, or to the property line, whichever is nearer;
2. Located within 50 feet from the edge of any improved roadway;
3. Located within 50 feet from each property line;
4. Located within 10 feet on each side of driveways.