How is this program going to be implemented?
  1. The city will examine aerial photographs to identify structures that are at risk and that do not meet the 100-foot defensible space standard.
  2. The identified structures will then be prioritized based on current fire risk.
  3. In order of priority, city staff will contact the property owner and make an appointment to conduct a home assessment. A home assessment is required before any work can begin.
  4. A site-specific plan will be developed in cooperation with each property owner, which includes reasonable timelines for completion.
  5. City staff will conduct follow-up inspections.
  6. Certificates of compliance will be provided to homeowners who create 100 feet of defensible space.
  7. City staff will send out annual notifications of required maintenance.

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1. Who can I call to get more information on defensible space?
2. What is defensible space?
3. When is the Wildfire Defensible Space Program in effect?
4. What is the purpose of this program?
5. Why should the city do this?
6. What does the Wildfire Defensible Space Program include?
7. What vegetation would be included in this program?
8. What about trees? Will they be required to be trimmed?
9. What constitutes a structure?
10. Why is there a 100-foot defensible space distance?
11. What if a 100-foot space around my home overlaps onto my neighbor’s property?
12. What areas of the city will be included in this program?
13. How is this program going to be implemented?
14. Who will conduct the assessments?
15. If I have not been contacted by the city, may I request a home assessment?
16. Will a permit be required to do the work?
17. What will it cost the average homeowner to comply with this program?
18. What if someone refuses a home assessment or inspection of his/her property?
19. What if someone refuses to reduce the flammable vegetation on his/her property?
20. What about wood chips and organic compost?
21. Can defensible space and maintenance be accomplished with minimal impact to wildlife?
22. Is there an appeal process?
23. What about fences, decks, and patio covers?
24. Will San Diego Gas and Electric (SDG&E) be required to reduce the vegetation under overhead utility lines?