Weed Abatement Program

The Weed Abatement program runs each year in spring and summer, to ensure that excess weeds and brush don’t become a hazard to the properties around them.

Vacant Lots Within the District

Owners of all vacant lots in our District are contacted about the need to mow down/abate the weeds and overgrowth on their lots before the summertime fire season begins. Any violations or exceptionally hazardous conditions that exist can be reported to the Community Risk Reduction Office at 831-685-6698.  Resident names are kept confidential at all times, but must be given when making a complaint, as no “anonymous tips” are given further follow-up. 

Intermix Areas

Intermix refers to properties that are in rural settings with a large amount of undeveloped growth surrounding the property. For properties in these areas with existing structures are given our self-check hazard notice, titled “Homeowners Watch-Outs!” They are asked to check each year for a number of hazards on or around their property.


Some of these hazards include: 

  • Branches hanging over a chimney or stovepipe
  • Dead or drying tree limbs near the ground
  • Firewood stacked against side of house
  • House number not posted
  • Poor access to property and buildings
  • Weeds growing up next to the house or other structures

For further information on intermix hazards, contact the office to have our “Homeowners Watch-Outs“ brochure mailed to your home, or check out the links listed on this page.

Weed / Fire Hazard Complaints 

All complaints to the Community Risk Reduction Division must be completed on our Fire Hazard Complaint Form. All information on complaint investigation forms is kept strictly confidential (no names are released), but your name and phone number must be given before inspection can begin. For more information, contact the Community Risk Reduction Division at 831-685-6698.


An on-site inspection shall be conducted to determine if the parcel(s) require weed abatement in order to protect nearby structures or wooden fences from fire.

Due to laws prohibiting illegal searches, the Community Risk Reduction Division will not look over fences, climb fences, enter a back yard, or enter a residence to confirm weed complaints. All weed violations must be visible from the street.

If the site is determined to be a fire hazard, the owner/tenant is to abate the hazard by mowing, providing defensible space, or cleanup of brush or trimmings.

Alternative Methods of Clearing Weeds

Alternative methods of clearing weeds can include:

  • Making use of a chipper to mulch overgrown shrubs &  branches
  • Renting goats to abate the weeds

These methods can give environmentally-friendly options to make your property safer.

Goats for Weed Abatement

Concerning properties of 5 acres or higher, the Living Systems Land Management company offers goat rentals:

Living Systems Land Management/Rent-A-Goat
Phone: (408) 507-5700
Living Systems Land Management Website