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. In early April, owners of all vacant lots in the city are contacted about the need to mow/abate the weeds and overgrowth on their lots before May 15th.
Property owners are given the option of either cutting the weeds themselves or having the city contractor abate the weeds for them (which is then billed to the current year's property taxes, and includes a $100 administrative fee.) Any violations or exceptionally hazardous conditions that exist can be reported to the main administration office at 831-420-5280. Names will be kept confidential at all times.
Due to laws prohibiting illegal searches, the Fire Prevention Bureau 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.
If your property is in the intermix area (meaning those properties that are in rural settings with a large amount of undeveloped growth surrounding the property) use the links below to obtain information on how to make your property more fire safe.
Weed Abatement Contractors
Fire Safe Council of California
Goats for Weed Abatement
Living with Fire in Santa Cruz County