Defensible Space

LVFPD provides free defensible space inspections to assist homeowners maintain defensible space with site specific information and tree evaluation, marking, and permitting.

What to do before the inspection?

Do some research on defensible space, visit and

Start working on clearing your defensible space zone. For example:

  • Remove all wood, pine needles, and other combustibles from within 5 feet of structures.  This includes underneath and next to decks and outdoor stairways!
  • Clear pine needles off the roof and out of gutters.
  • Move firewood 30 feet from structures.

Review the sample inspection form. For a copy of the form, click here.


What to expect during the inspection?

A LVFPD Inspector will meet with you at the property to walk you through your defensible space zone.  The inspector will review elements of the structure, evaluate fuels, identify trees that need to be removed, and discuss the work required to obtain defensible space and compliance with state regulation PRC 4291 and El Dorado county ordinance 5101, Chapter 8.09.  An inspection form and tree permit (if required) will be issued on site.  Inspections usually take up about an hour.

Can a renter request an inspection?

Yes.  However, a tree permit can only be issued to the homeowner or a person that has been authorized in writing to be the agent.  If you are a renter, friend, or family member, it is suggested to obtain written authorization prior to the inspection and give to the inspector.

Ready to request a Defensible Space Inspection or Chipping Services?

Chipping services will be opening in spring.  Defensible space inspections may be requested now.  Please use the links below and fill out the online forms to make your requests.

Please make every effort to request services using the online forms.  This will help to streamline your request.

If you are experiencing difficulty or have any questions about defensible space, you may email [email protected] or call (530) 725-9499


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