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Weed Abatement Season is June 1 - November 1

Weed Abatement Contractors and Specifications [PDF]


The Department of Emergency Services has established guidelines for weed abatement to assist property owners in complying with the City's weed abatement ordinance. Listed below are the minimum acceptable standards for abatement procedures on property located within the City Limits of Paso Robles.

Failure to meet abatement specifications shall constitute non-compliance.

Said abatement shall be maintained from the Weed Abatement deadline through November 1, without further notification.

General Requirements: Vegetation

Parcels Smaller Than 3 Acres

Parcels smaller than three acres should be mowed or disced to 3 inches or less.

Parcels greater than 3 acres

Parcels greater than 3 acres must have fire breaks around the perimeter and cross breaks at intervals as directed by the Department of Emergency Services.

  • Fire breaks shall be a minimum of 50' in width at the perimeters and from any improved roads.

  • Cross breaks, when required shall be 50' in width.

  • Fire breaks shall be a minimum of 50' minimum around all structures; down slope clearances shall be a minimum of 100'.

  • Clearances around and under oak trees shall be a minimum of 50'.


  1. Grass and other vegetation located more than 50' from any structure and less than 18" in height, may be maintained where necessary to stabilize the soil and prevent erosion.

  2. Fenced pastures are exempt where existing livestock will significantly reduce weeds and grasses.

  3. Orchards/vineyards will be disced both ways to a distance of 50' from any roadway. The remaining parcel may be disced one way only.

  4. Growing hay and grain shall be cut at harvest time, as any hay or grain uncut will be subject to abatement.

Equipment Used for Weed Abatement

All equipment used for weed abatement work shall be equipped with proper spark arresters, mufflers, etc…

To prune branches on standing oak trees, please call the Public Works Department at (805) 237-3861 for requirements.



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