Brush Clearance

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brushclearanceMonrovia ordinances and regulations (8.14.030 -050) FIRE HAZARDS RELATING TO VEGETATION require that property owners create defensible space around their buildings, keeping the area within 30’ of any structure “clean and green”, and removing hazardous vegetation for a minimum of 200 feet around their buildings. Property owners are responsible for maintaining defensible space within that radius around their buildings. The full text can be read in the Monrovia City Ordinance - 8.14.030-050.

Properties not complying with the defensible space requirements may be subject to a re-inspection fee, as well as administrative fine(s). The ordinance process could cost property owners as much as $1,000 in fines for the first offense and up to $5,000 in fines for the third offense, if it is determined that the lack of brush cleared poses a significant risk to public safety.

Do not start a fire in the process of creating defensible space! Improper equipment and vehicle use are common causes of brush fires. Here’s how to do it the right way:

Safe Equipment Use

  • Work before 10 a.m., and never in the heat of the day or when the wind is blowing.
  • Use string trimmers or hand tools, not mowers to cut dry vegetation.
  • Remove rocks from dry grass or weeds to prevent sparks.
  • Ensure equipment has approved spark arrestors.
  • Do all cutting, grinding, and sharpening on paved, enclosed area.
  • Have water and a fire extinguisher readily available.
  • Do not park close to vegetation.
  • Report all fires: Call 911.

2020 Brush Clearance Program 

The COVID-19 pandemic has temporarily changed the way the City is serving its customers and how services are delivered to the community. In a typical year, the brush clearance program generally takes place in the month of May.

Due to the Safer at Home Order, social distancing practices and challenges with scheduling services, Monrovia Fire & Rescue will be postponing the Brush Clearance Program by one month. With the late rains this year, clearing brush at a later date will be beneficial for ensuring clearance further into the brush fire season.

Annual brush inspections will begin on or after June 15, 2020. We ask that you complete your required vegetation management prior to this date.

If compliance is not obtained at the conclusion of the third on-site brush inspection, your property will be subject to an inspection fee of $102. In addition, higher administrative fines will be imposed for those hazardous conditions requiring abatement. Severe violations that pose an imminent threat to health and safety may be forwarded to the City Prosecutor.


  • Brush Clearance Notification Letter – will be sent out on June 1
  • Athens bins – Available June 1 - July 31
  • Initial Inspections – June 15  
  • 2nd Inspections – June 30

The following publications will be helpful in brush clearance and fire safe landscaping:


  • Monrovia Fire & Rescue's Brush Line:  (626) 256-8109

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