All fees referenced below are subject to change. Please call 909-884-4056 for the most current fees.
1. How does the Fire Hazard Abatement Process Work?
Click here to view the process summary (Excluding properties under the Big Bear Fire Authority). Click here to view the process summary for properties under the Big Bear Fire Authority.
2. My house is well maintained, why did I get a compliance notice?
You may have received a notice because at the time of inspection your property showed fire hazards (weeds/grass overgrown). However, it is possible that your property was cleaned after our inspection but a notice was still sent to you. In this case, we would like to thank you for maintaining your property. Please keep in mind that weeds/grasses need to be kept below 4 inches at all times.
3. Can someone show me where the fire hazards are on my property?
Please review your notice with 1st inspection photos and refer to this website (fire hazard definitions, before and after photos.) We would like you to survey your entire property for fire hazards, whether we can see it or not. Providing defensible space by cutting weeds/grasses and removing combustible debris creates a defendable property should a fire come through your area.
4. Are pictures of the violations taken?
Yes, photos are taken at first inspection and are sent to the property owner on the Notice to Abate. Photos are also taken at second inspection, which is prior to the issuance of an Administrative Citation. In addition, photos are taken of a non-compliant property before and after abatement work is performed.
5. My home is going into foreclosure, why should I maintain it?
If any work is completed on the property by the County there will be a bill generated. Since the enforcement process began while you were the owner you may be responsible for abatement costs, fines and or penalties.
6. Will the County do my abatement work for me?
Yes. There is a $58.00 administrative fee plus the cost of the work. It is a maximum of $597.39 per hour. We cannot provide estimates.
7. Will I receive a phone call if you find a violation on my property during the second inspection?
No phone calls will be made once the second inspection has been conducted—100% abatement must be complete by the due date or an Administrative Citation may be issued.
8. I think you have an incorrect address for me, how do I change it?
The FHA Program uses the County Tax Assessor’s information to obtain property information which includes mailing address. Please verify your property information and if changes are needed please contact the tax assessor’s office.
9. My fire insurance company wants me to abate fire hazards 200 feet from my house, but I don’t own the property. What should I do?
County Code requires 100 feet of defensible space around structure. You are welcome to make arrangements with your neighbor for additional hazard abatement.
10. Does the FHA Program have a list of contractors that do hazard abatement in my area?
At this time, the FHA Program is not providing endorsements or recommendations for contractors. This may be subject to change.
11. How will I know if my property has been “cleared”?
Contact our office at (909) 884-4056 for the status on your property.
12. How much time do I have to abate hazards after I receive a notice from FHA?
Fire hazard abatements must be completed by the due date on the Notice and Order to Abate. If compliance is not reached within the 30 days, a citation of $100.00 and a non-compliance fee of $145.00 will be issued.