If you live in California you are aware of the horrible wildfires we have experienced in the last few years but DID YOU KNOW that in an effort to do what we can to protect our homes El Dorado County has adopted a new Vegetation Management & Defensible Space Ordinance? (Ordinance No. 5101, Chapter 8.09)
It went into effect May 30, 2019 and will be enforced starting June 1, 2020 with inspections starting at that time. The basics:
- Vegetation Management is controlling plant material to prevent wildfire spread and requires an ongoing commitment.
- Defensible Space is the area around a structure where combustible vegetation that can spread fire has been cleared, reduced or replaced.
- For improved parcels, any structure (greater than 120 sq. ft.) is required to have minimum defensible space of 100-feet from each side of the structure.
- Good Neighbor Policy: property owners may be required to clear up to 100-feet of defensible space from structure(s) located on a neighboring parcel.
- Sellers of properties are required to give a disclosure of this ordinance to buyers.