Fire Hazard Reduction Program

The Ventura City Fire Department requests that property owners join forces to protect lives and structures from potential wildfires through participation in the annual program. Fire prevention efforts are most successful when community members and firefighters work together.

In accordance with the City of Ventura's Fire Code within Appendix Q, all City of Ventura property owners whose properties are identified as high risk, are required to perform fire hazard reduction clearance by May 18, 2021. Please notify the assessor’s office of any address change.

The goal of the Ventura Fire Department's Fire Hazard Reduction Program, commonly referred to as "FHRP," is to protect life and property by removing flammable brush, reducing vegetation density, and creating adequate defensible spacing. This reduction increases firefighter and public safety and improves the ability to protect your property in the event of a fire.

This year the Fire Prevention staff will be using modified methods to perform inspections and communicate with our community. If abatement has been completed no further action will be necessary. If we find a fire hazard the property owner will be notified.

Additionally, as part of your personal Wildfire Action Plan, please register to receive VC Alert notifications at and download a "Ready, Set, Go!" plan here.

Property owners with questions regarding clearance requirements for their property, or those who may be experiencing difficulties in the required work, can contact our Fire Prevention Team by email at or by calling (805) 658-4709.

Thank you for your assistance in this critical area of Community Risk Reduction and for partnering with us to keep our community protected and prepared.

Defensible Space Zones

The Ventura Fire Department is committed to providing high quality service and responding to the dynamic public safety needs of our community. On August 2, 2021, a notice was mailed to targeted property owners about our intent to bill for  defensible space and other fire inspections.

While Ventura Fire Department continues to inspect properties identified in the City’s fire hazard severity zones as part of the Fire Hazard Reduction Program (FHRP), the City will not bill property owners for any inspections made this fire season.

Instead, the City of Ventura will use one-time funding to support inspection costs associated with FHRP during this period.

As a property owner in one of our most vulnerable fire areas, we remain committed to serving you and enhancing public safety. Should you have questions, please email or call (805) 658-4717 to connect directly with the Fire Prevention Division.

Fire Hazard Reduction Program Brochure
FHRP Brochure-Spanish