Wildfire Hazard Mitigation


The Wildfire Hazard Mitigation Plan was originally adopted in 1995 as an amendment to our Building Code. It was established in order to address the increasing hazards of the spread of our development into the less accessible and more heavily forested areas of our County. The Plan is a four-fold approach to reducing the hazards in those areas;

  1. Requires all new development and re-roofing to use a "Class A" rated roof. Because wood shakes and wood shingles are not "Class A" rated materials, special rated assemblies are required for wood roofs;
  2. Requires all new development and additions greater than 400 square feet to develop a "Defensible Space" around the existing and/or proposed structure(s);
  3. For properties where either the access road or the proposed or existing driveway does not nor can not meet the minimum standards, additional mitigation must be done in order to reduce the hazards resulting from either a structure fire or wildfire. These measures are to protect both the residents of the property and the firefighters responding to the fire call. The Point System Agreement was developed to help the property owner achieve additional mitigation.
  4. Requires all structures 4,400 square feet or more to be equipped with an approved monitored automatic suppression system.

The Defensible Space Plan will be developed by the Side Development Inspector and is explained in detail in that Department's information packet. The Site Development Inspector will also determine, at the time of your driveway permit site visit, whether the Wildfire Hazard Point System Agreement will be required.

The Building Department is then notified and the Agreement is initiated and mailed to the property owner or to the general contractor to be completed and later submitted with the building permit documents.