Glendale Fire Department

New Disclosure Requirements for Properties in the City’s High Fire Hazard Area

There are new disclosure requirements for properties in the City’s high fire hazard area that take effect on July 1st, 2021. Sellers of property in the high fire hazard area must provide the following documentation to a buyer:

1. provide a disclosure notice to the buyer, if the home was constructed before January 1, 2010, that includes the following statement: “This home is located in a high or very high fire hazard severity zone and this home was built before the implementation of the Wildfire Urban Interface building codes which help to fire harden a home. To better protect your home from wildfire, you might need to consider improvements. Information on fire hardening, including current building standards and information on minimum annual vegetation management standards to protect homes from wildfires, can be obtained on the internet website http://www.readyforwildfire.org.”

2. provide to the buyer documentation stating that the property is in compliance with the local Vegetation Management Ordinance.

The City of Glendale has a hazardous vegetation management ordinance and the Glendale Fire Department annually inspects all of the properties in our High Fire Hazard Area through our Vegetation Management Program (VMP). Owners can obtain the inspection report and proof of compliance by submitting a Public Records Request with the City Clerk Office. The Public Records Request form can be downloaded here: Public Records Request form and completed forms can be submitted to City Clerk’s Office by mail, fax, or in person.

If you would like more information about the Fire Department’s Vegetation Management Program, please contact the Fire Prevention Bureau at 818-548-3814. Please call the City Clerk’s Office at 818-548-2090 with questions about the Public Records Request.

A copy of the bill’s text can be found here:  Assembly Bill No. 38

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