Weed Abatement Season is June 1 - November 1
Download the Weed Abatement Specifications and Contractors
Prepare for the Upcoming Fire Season
As we head into the summer season, the Paso Robles Department of Emergency Services would like to remind residents and property owners about our weed abatement program. This program is designed to keep the city fire-safe by ensuring that yards and larger land parcels are cleared of combustible weeds and debris. These properties within the city need to have all weeds mowed, disced, or otherwise removed to lessen the fire hazard.
Please make sure that yards and lots are clear of all combustible vegetation, such as dead leaves, weeds, brush, and tree limbs no later than June 1. Property owners should also remove excess trash, wood, or other combustibles from the property. If you have questions about the requirements, need the names of contractors that do weed and lot cleaning, or have any other questions, please call the Department of Emergency Services at 227-7560, or visit our office at 900 Park Street in Paso Robles.
Thank you for helping to make Paso Robles a fire-safe community.
The Department of Emergency Services has established guidelines for weed abatement to assist property owners in complying with the City's weed abatement ordinance. Listed below are the minimum acceptable standards for abatement procedures on property located within the City Limits of Paso Robles.
Failure to meet abatement specifications shall constitute non-compliance.
Said abatement shall be maintained from the Weed Abatement deadline through November 1, without further notification.
- Parcels one acre and less may be mowed or disced to mineral soil. Parcels one to three acres must be disced completely.
- Parcels greater than three acres must have soil firebreaks around the perimeter and cross breaks at intervals as directed by the Department of Emergency Services. Fire breaks will be a minimum of 50 feet in width at perimeters and cross breaks, and 50 feet minimum around structures. Down slope clearances from structures shall be a minimum of 100 feet. Clearances around and under oak trees shall be a minimum of 50 feet. Exemptions: Fenced pastures are exempt where existing livestock will significantly reduce weeds and grasses.
- Orchards/vineyards will be disced both ways to a distance 50 feet from any roadway. The remaining parcel may be disced one way only.
- Growing hay and grain must be cut at harvest time, as hay and grain left uncut will be subject to abatement.
- When lots are mowed, the mower height must be set at a maximum height of three inches, unless conditions require a greater height which will be determined by the Department of Emergency Services officer-in-charge.
- All equipment used for weed abatement work shall be equipped with proper spark arresters, mufflers, etc. Also, a fire extinguisher of a pressure water or back-pump type shall be required on equipment or must be immediately accessible.