Brush Removal Requirements

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“Brush Clearance” is the legal term to describe required treatments or thinning of vegetation on your property to reduce fire hazards. Proper maintenance of fire safety does not mean eradication of all plants, but rather the selective removal of highly flammable vegetation.

When done well, “cleared” areas should still protect against excessive erosion and provide wildlife habitat. You are only required to treat the vegetation on your own property.

Brush clearance on other property is the responsibility of the owner. Too often native, landscape and ornamental vegetation is allowed to grow un-managed until it becomes a critical fire hazard.

Generally, when this occurs, extensive effort is required by the property owner to address the problem.


  • All native brush, weeds, grass, trees, landscape, ornamental and hazardous vegetation on your property within 200 feet of all structures, whether those structures are on your property or adjoining properties, shall be maintained in accordance with these requirements.

  • Maintain all weeds and other vegetation free from dead material located within 10 feet of any combustible fence or an edge of that portion of any highway, street, alley, or paved driveway used for vehicular travel.

  • Trees shall be trimmed so the foliage is no closer than 10 feet from a chimney outlet.

  • Remove any accumulation of leaves, needles, twigs, and all other combustible material from the roof of any structure on your property.

  • Trees that are taller than 18 feet shall have lower branches trimmed so that no foliage is within 6 feet off the ground. Trees and shrubs less than 18 feet shall have branches trimmed so that foliage is removed from the lower third of the height of the tree or shrub.

  • Maintain five-feet of vertical clearance between roof surfaces and foliage of overhanging trees.

  • All dead trees shall be removed from the property.

  • Hazardous vegetation on your property beyond 100 feet, but within 200 feet of all structures, shall be maintained as follows: Remove dead material from this area, except vegetation that is cut to three-inches in height. Prune foliage from lower third of trees and shrubs up to a maximum of six feet.

  • If your property has been identified as having landscape vegetation that requires additional modification, you are directed to maintain your landscape vegetation in accordance with the requirements.

  • Remove and safely dispose of all cut or bagged vegetation, native or otherwise, all dead trees and all debris. Cut vegetation may be machine processed and spread on site. (Not to exceed six-inches in depth of shredded material.) Failure to properly remove cleared materials could result in another violation.

Reasons to Hire a Brush Clearance Professional

  • Dense and overgrown brush requires both top-notch equipment and trained professionals to clear successfully

  • Removing overgrown shrubs from the root of trees can harm or kill them if not done correctly.

  • Thorns, vines, and nettles make the task both dangerous and difficult.

  • Plants can be poisonous (poison ivy, etc.) and hard to identify.

  • Brush clearing can involved clearing other large and heavy debris such as stumps or logs.


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We pride ourselves on the satisfaction of our customers. Our customer testimonials stand as testament to the top-notch brush removal and tree services that we perform. Feel free to check out our website to read reviews from some of the many satisfied customers.

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If you are unsure whether you need brush removal or tree services, give us a call. We're available 24/7 and we will be happy to help! We will perform a free landscape analysis on your property and let you know what services (if any) might benefit you.



“These guys are artists! They thinned out a 100 ft tall Italian Stone Pine that had probably never been pruned – large, majestic (overgrown) tree. Two guys up in the tree for a combined 12 hours or so, with another three or four on the ground clearing out the cuttings.”

Christian G.

Porter Ranch, CA

“We found Green Leaf to be the best price by far. They also showed up on time, over-delivered and left our property spotless. I would definitely recommend them to anyone who needs tree trimming services.”

Janet B.

Malibu, CA

“I'm all for giving small businesses a chance, and I'm so glad I did! I was worried a tree removal process was going to take a long time and damage my backyard, but everything was great! My dead tree was removed in two hours and my backyard still looked great! Almost no mess. Thanks!”

Blanch Nicholson

Woodland Hills, CA

"Edwin's crew and Josef, one of the owners, were fantastic. I have a large property in Topanga Canyon that hadn't been brush cleared in years. I gave exact instructions to Teo, their estimator, and to Edwin. They followed them to a T, worked very hard even though a couple of days of 100-degree weather, and left everything impeccable."

Martin Schmitt

Topanga Canyon, CA

"I can't say enough wonderful things about green leaf. My husband was going to remove our tree stump HIMSELF, but I found this company in the nick of time! They removed it easily. I can only imagine what would've happened if I hadn't found them....har har har"

Rachel Harris

Calabasas, CA