As a property owner in Nevada County, what is my responsibility regarding vegetation management on my land?

Firefighters Combating Blaze in Paradise, CATo dramatically increase the likelihood your home will survive a wildfire, to provide firefighter safety during a firestorm, and to aid in the protection of lives, the Nevada County Hazardous Vegetation Abatement Ordinance requires homeowners to maintain one-hundred (100’) feet of defensible space around all structures located on an improved parcel. Property owners are also responsible for maintaining defensible space along roadways which are necessary for the ingress and egress.

Click to read the full Hazardous Vegetation Abatement Ordinance.

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1. As a property owner in Nevada County, what is my responsibility regarding vegetation management on my land?
2. What is Public Resources Code 4291?
3. What are the main differences between Nevada County’s Ordinance and Public Resources Code 4291?
4. What is the 50% cost share associated with Nevada County’s Ordinance?
5. How do I work with neighbors who may not have defensible space on their land?
6. What are the private roadway clearance requirements associated with Nevada County’s Hazardous Vegetation Ordinance?
7. How do I file a complaint regarding a violation of Nevada County’s Ordinance?
8. What happens if my property does not pass an initial inspection for a violation of Nevada County’s Ordinance?
9. Who will be inspecting my property for violation(s) of Nevada County’s Ordinance?
10. May I appeal the initial Notice to Abate I receive?
11. Can the Office of Emergency Services recommend a defensible space contractor?
12. Are there resources for residents who may need financial assistance?