Hazard Reduction

Riverside County Hazard Reduction Office enforces the abatement of hazardous vegetation, abandoned orneglected orchards, groves and vineyards within the territory of Riverside County which pose a danger to thehealth, safety and welfare of residents and first responders.

Hazard abatement activities are conducted with the additional goal of protecting rare and sensitive plants,animals and the environment.

All property owners are responsible for maintaining their property throughout the calendar year. It isimportant when you receive an abatement notice to respond immediately by clearing the hazard from yourproperty. County Ordinances 695, and 772 outline requirements and penalties in the Hazard Reduction Process.

Hours and Locations

Monday - Thursday, 7:30am to 5:00pm

Correspondence

Riverside County Fire Department Hazard Reduction
P.O. Box 2047
Perris CA 92572-2047

Office Address

Riverside County Fire Department Hazard Reduction
88 East Rider Street
Perris CA 92571

Contact Information

Phone: (951) 943-0640
Fax: (951) 943-0690

Did you receive a Notice to Abate?

What to do if you get a Notice to Abate

Abatement Requirements and Instructions

Unimproved parcels containing hazardous or flammable vegetation, including tumbleweeds, as defined in Ordinance 695 and Ordinance 772 shall be removed as indicated on the Notice of Violation and Order toAbate. Please refer to the information below for reference:

Vacant Parcels adjacent to Parcels with Structures

Vacant Parcels adjacent to Roadways

Vacant Parcels adjacent to Roadways, Structures and other Vacant Parcels

If you receive a Notice of Violation and Order to Abate and you need further assistance, please call 951-943-0640. A Fire Prevention Technician can assist you in eliminating the fire nuisance and makeyour property fire safe.

If you have abated the fire hazard prior to or within 30 days after receiving the Notice of Violation andOrder to Abate, no further action is required.

We recommend property owners take "before" and "after" pictures of abatement as well as contact the Hazard Reduction office when abatement is completed at (951) 943-0640.

Each year, CAL Fire/Riverside County Fire Department responds to wildland fires caused by improper equipment operations. Many times it is the property owner and/or equipment operator who cause these fires. All fires negligently caused by improper equipment operations are costly and operators of said equipment will be held liable for the cost associated with fire suppression. These fires are preventable by following the guidelines on proper brush clearance and equipment use and safety.

Hazard Reduction

Appeal Process

How to Appeal your Notice to Abate

Hazard Reduction

Instructions needed to submit a written appeal are included in the 'Notice of Violation and Order to Abate'.

The order must be appealed in writing to the following address:

HAZARD REDUCTION OFFICE
P.O. Box 2047
Perris , CA 92570

If your Notice is based on Ordinance 695 -

The appeal must be made within FIFTEEN (15) calendar days of the post mark on the 'Notice of Violation/Order to Abate. The Hazard Reduction officer shall set a date and time for a hearing before the Board of Appeals, and shall notify the applicant or owner in writing of the hearing date.

If your Notice is based on Ordinance 772 -

The appeal must be made within THIRTY (30) calendar days of the post mark on the 'Notice of Violation/Order to Abate. The Hazard Reduction Officer shall set a date and time for a hearing before the Board of Appeals, and shall notify the application or owner in writing of the hearing date.

GUIDELINES

Hazard Abatement Complaints

Submit Hazard Abatement Complaints or Commendations

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Resources

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  • Contractors

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  • Ready, Set, Go

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  • One Less Spark

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Definitions

Improved Parcels:

Pursuant to Article F of Section 2 of Ordinance 695 (commending with § 695.4, as amended) Improved Parcels are defined as a portion of land of any size, the area of which is determined by the Assessor's maps and records and may be identified by an Assessor's Parcel Number upon which a structure is located.

Unimproved Parcels:

Pursuant to Article I of Section 2 of Ordinance 695 (commending with § 695.4, as amended) Unimproved Parcels are defined as a portion of land of any size, the area of which is determined by the Assessor’s maps and records and may be identified by an Assessor’s Parcel Number upon which no structure is located.