City Of Oceanside Code Enforcement Standards
VEGETATION AND WASTE MANAGEMENT
The Fire Department has produced this standard with the overall goal of improved fire and life safety for the community. Authority for enforcing the provisions of this standard come from Chapter 11 of the Oceanside City Code.
Abatement - Removal of a Violationous condition.
Native Soil and root stock - Any soil containing the roots of vegetation found naturally growing in an area, undisturbed by periodic cultivation and/or grading.
Nuisance Vegetation - Any vegetation growing upon streets, sidewalks or upon public or private property within the city of Oceanside which by reason of its size, type, manner of growth, proximity to any building, or improvements which, when dry, will with reasonable probability constitute a fire Violation.
Waste - Unused or discarded matter having no substantial value and which is exposed to the elements, not enclosed in any structure or concealed from public view, which by reason of its location and/or character may hamper or interfere with the prevention or suppression of fire on the premises or adjacent premises.
1. Nuisance vegetation and waste on parcels of one (1) acre or less shall be abated in its entirety. If sensitive biological habitat is present, or suspected to be present, see item #10.
2. Parcels more than one (1) acre in size shall be abated as follows:
(If sensitive biological habitat is present, or suspected to be present, see item #10)
3. Contiguous parcels, owned by the same person or firm, shall be considered as one (1) parcel for the purposes of abatement.
4. Abatement shall include all areas where the parcel has curbs, parkways, easements, and abuts or adjoins other parcels.
5. Mowing, string and/or hand trimming, not discing, shall be considered the primary method of abating vegetation. Vegetation shall be cut to a length no higher than two (2) inches from the surface of the soil. If mowing or trimming is not feasible and discing is used, all standing vegetation in the abatement area must be turned under. Cross discing may be necessary if the soil is not receptive to the disc.
6. Litter and debris shall be removed from all streets, sidewalks, drives and abated areas.
7. Cuttings and trimmings may be mulched or chipped and left in place to a maximum depth of six (6) inches.
8. Cuttings, trimmings and/or waste, which are hauled from the site, must be disposed of at an authorized location.
9. Mature trees in an abatement area shall be as follows:
10. Environmental considerations:
Property owners wishing to appeal the requirements of Chapter 11 of the Oceanside City Code, pursuant to Ordinance 96-03, shall submit such appeal in writing to the Fire Marshal.