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City Of Oceanside Code Enforcement Standards

VEGETATION AND WASTE MANAGEMENT

Introduction

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.

Definitions

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.

Specifications

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)

A. One hundred (100) feet of clearance, measured in a horizontal plane, around all structures

B. Fifty (50) feet of clearance around the perimeter of the parcel

C. Ten (10) feet of clearance on each side of established roadways

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:

A. Over roadways, trees shall be trimmed up to a height of thirteen and one-half feet (13) above the road surface

B. Trimmed up to six (6) feet above the ground or surrounding vegetation, whichever is higher

C. Cut back ten (10) feet from nearby chimneys

D. Accumulated leaves, bark and/or other debris shall be cleared for thirty (30) feet around structures and from any roof.

10. Environmental considerations:

A. Abatement shall be accomplished by methods that will not disturb native soil or root stock. Grading, discing, grubbing and/or scraping shall not be done where native soil and/or root stock exists.

B. Native Chaparral may be thinned and pruned if it falls within the clearance limits specified in 2A and 2C.

C. Native soil and root stock shall be left undisturbed.

D. Landowners who have been noticed, or suspect the existence of a rare, threatened or endangered plant on the property to be abated must notify the Department of Fish and Game at least ten (10) days before starting abatement. If the landowner is aware of any state or federal listed species on the property, then the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Department of Fish and Game shall be notified prior to abatement. If a state or federal candidate or listed species is killed, injured or captured, the landowner shall report this information to the above agencies also. If assistance is desired for the above notifications or for evaluating possible biological habitat areas, please contact the Oceanside Planning Department at 760-435-3520.

E. Follow the specifications in 2A and 2C as precisely as possible in biologically sensitive areas - do no more than is required and certainly no less. The Fire Chief may modify these specifications when required.

F. Structures located on hillsides can pose special problems. Contact the Oceanside Fire Prevention Bureau (760-435-4101) for a pamphlet which details vegetation management for hillside properties.

Appeal Process

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.


 

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