DEFENSIBLE SPACE INSPECTIONS - ASSEMBLY BILL 38 (AB-38)
AB-38 Defensible Space Inspections and Compliance Reports for Real Estate Transactions in High or Very High Fire Hazard Severity Zone.
What is required by AB-38:
On or after July 1, 2021, when you sell a property that is in a High or Very High Fire Hazard Severity Zone (FHSZ), you will need documentation of a compliant Defensible Space Inspection (DSI). Please note that the AB-38 provisions are for real estate transaction disclosure and documentation only.
Is my property located within the jurisdictional responsibility of Ventura County Fire Department?
The Ventura County Fire Department (VCFD) is responsible for inspections of properties in the cities of Camarillo, Moorpark, Ojai, Port Hueneme, Santa Paula, Simi Valley, Thousand Oaks, and the unincorporated area of Ventura County.
If your property is not within the jurisdictional boundaries of VCFD, STOP. Do not complete the AB-38 DSI Request Form.
How do I determine in which Fire Hazard Severity Zone my property is located?
If your property is within the jurisdictional responsibility of VCFD, the next step is to determine if it is located within the High or Very High FHSZ. The following links will help you locate your property.
- County of Ventura Countyview map: https://maps.ventura.org/countyview/
You will need to turn on the Fire Hazard Severity Zones layer under Map Layer – Hazards.
- Calfire FHSZ Viewer: https://egis.fire.ca.gov/FHSZ
If your property is not located in High or Very High FHSZ, STOP. You are not subject to the requirements of AB-38.
How do I find my Assessor Parcel Number (APN)?
The APN is required when completing the AB-38 DSI Request Form. If you do not know the APN, please check your property tax statement, use the Countyview link above, or the Assessors site at: https://assessor.countyofventura.org/research/propertyinfo.asp
What is a DSI Compliance Report?
A copy of the completed compliance inspection report that shows proof the property has been inspected and has passed that inspection, within six (6) months prior to entering a sales contract.
How do I request an AB-38 DSI?
To request a DSI for AB-38 compliance, please complete the AB-38 DSI Request Form
When will the DSI take place?
Once a completed AB-38 DSI request form has been submitted, a Fire Department Inspector will contact the requestor normally within 2 to 3 business days to make the DSI appointment. DSI are normally conducted during regular business hours 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Friday and can take 7 to 10 days from the request date to conduct.
What happens if the property does not pass the inspection?
A deficiency report will be issued indicating the items to be corrected to pass the DSI.