Fire Hazard Reduction Program

Despite heavy rainfall in the final months of 2021, our area remains critically dry due to long-term drought conditions. One of the best defenses to protect against wildfire is to clear flammable grass, trees, and shrubs away from structures and create what’s known as a “defensible space” around properties.

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

The goal of the Ventura Fire Department's Fire Hazard Reduction Program 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 Department's ability to protect your property in the event of a fire.

In accordance with the City of Ventura's Fire Code, all City of Ventura property owners whose properties are located in a "Very High" or "High" Fire Hazard Severity Zone, are required to perform fire hazard reduction brush clearance by May 18, 2022. Click here to find FHRP Guidelines with specific requirements.

If abatement has been completed no further action will be necessary. If a fire hazard is found, 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, can contact our Fire Prevention Team by email at or by calling (805) 658-4717. Thank you for partnering with Ventura City Fire to keep our community protected and prepared.

FHRP Billing

During its regular meeting on May 24, 2021, the Ventura City Council approved the City’s adopted fee schedule and authorized the Ventura Fire Department to begin billing for defensible space and other fire inspections. 

Fire inspections are billable at $38.97 for the first required annual inspection, including associated fees. Non-compliant property owners are subject to additional inspections and can be cited for subsequent fees. Fire Recovery USA, a third-party service, is responsible for administering all defensible space billing on behalf of the Ventura Fire Department.

To avoid additional fees beyond what will be invoiced for the initial required annual inspection, please maintain your property as per the attached guidelines, which were also mailed to each property owner on March 18, 2022.

First required annual inspection $38.97
Per each additional inspection $60.37
Non-compliance penalty may be issued for properties found to be non-compliant upon re-inspection $424.00

Click here for an example of the FHRP Defensible Space Inspection Invoice from Fire Recovery USA. Should you have any questions regarding your bill, please call Fire Recovery USA at 888-650-5320 or email

Defensible Space Zones
FHRP Community Council PowerPoint Presentation
Fire Hazard Reduction Program Brochure
FHRP Brochure-Spanish
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After fuel reduction

Before fuel reduction

After fuel reduction