Weed Abatement Season is June 1 - November 1
Download the Weed Abatement Specifications and Contractors
Prepare for the Upcoming Fire Season
The Paso Robles Department of Emergency Services would like to remind residents and property owners about our weed abatement program. This program is designed to keep the city fire-safe by ensuring that yards and larger land parcels are cleared of combustible weeds and debris. These properties within the city need to have all weeds mowed, disced, or otherwise removed, to lessen the fire hazard.
Please make sure that yards and lots are clear of all combustible vegetation, such as dead leaves, weeds, brush, and tree limbs no later than June 1. Property owners should also remove excess trash, wood, or other combustibles from the property. If you have questions about the requirements, need the names of contractors that do weed and lot cleaning, or have any other questions, please call the Department of Emergency Services at 227-7560, or visit our office at 900 Park Street in Paso Robles.
Thank you for helping to make Paso Robles a fire-safe community.
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 3 acres or less
Parcels 3 acres or less may be mowed to a maximum height of 3” or disced to mineral soil.
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'.
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.
Fenced pastures are exempt where existing livestock will significantly reduce weeds and grasses.
Orchards/vineyards will be disced both ways to a distance of 50' from any roadway. The remaining parcel may be disced one way only.
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…
A a pressure water or back-pump type fire extinguisher shall be required on equipment or must be immediately accessible.