The Montclair Fire Department enforces the weed abatement requirements outlined in the Uniform Fire Code and Health and Safety Code.
Each spring and summer, fire inspectors will conduct property inspections for weeds and/or rubbish that present, or potentially present, a fire hazard. If fire inspectors identify a fire hazard or potential fire hazard, the property owner will receive a violation notice.
The property owner is required to remove all weeds and rubbish from the property within 30 days from the date of the violation notice. If the hazard presents an imminent threat, the property owner will be required to abate the violation immediately.
If the property owner fails to abate the violation within the time specified in the violation notice, or in any extension of time that may have been granted, the Fire Department will issue a Notice of Public Nuisance and Intent to Abate. If the property owner fails to abate the violation within 15 days from the date of the Notice of Public Nuisance and Intent to Abate, the City will contract with a private service to abate the hazard at the property owner's expense, including administrative fees.
If the Fire Department administers the removal of the hazard(s), the property owner will receive a Statement of Abatement Costs. If payment is not received for this statement within 30 days of its issuance a special assessment or lien may be recorded against the property.
If you have any questions concerning the fire safety requirements or our Weed Abatement Program, please call the Montclair Fire Department at (909) 447-3540.