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 residential 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 if the property is located in the State Responsibility Area (SRA) or Local Responsibility Area (LRA) and if in a Fire Hazard Severity Zone?
If the property is within the jurisdictional responsibility of VCFD, the next step is to determine if it is located within the SRA or the LRA, and if in the High or Very High FHSZ.  The following link will help you locate your property and determine SRA or LRA and which FHSZ (if any).

  • Calfire FHSZ Viewer: https://egis.fire.ca.gov/FHSZ
    This link will show SRA and LRA FHSZ’s. Note: All parcels located in within City Limits are in the LRA.

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, 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.

Property owners included in the VCFD Fire Hazard Reduction Program (FHRP) will receive a Notice to Abate Fire Hazard each year regardless of any prior AB-38 DSI compliance report. These notices are normally mailed April 20th each year with a June 1st clearance deadline. See the FHRP page for more information.

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