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The Fire Code requires property in the City of Santa Cruz to be free of weeds and rubbish. Therefore, please be advised that as part of the City Weed Abatement Program, vegetation and debris on your property must be cleared in an approved manner by May 15, 2020.Date subject to change, based on weather conditions as determined by the Fire Marshal.
We encourage you to abate your own weeds and rubbish; however, if the work has not been completed by the May 15th deadline, the City contractor will perform the abatement work. You will be charged for the contractors’ work, plus a $100.00 administrative fee on your property tax bill.
If you have already abated the weeds and/or rubbish, please disregard this notice. Be advised, however, that your property is required to be maintained free of weeds and rubbish throughout the year and the City contractor is authorized to perform additional work should a hazard reoccur. Please refer any questions to the Santa Cruz Fire Department at (831) 420-5280.
This program applies to vacant lots only. Properties with structures will be inspected separately, and if weed complaint is deemed a fire hazard, the property owner will be given a fire safety notice and asked to cut their weeds.