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Weed abatement deadline nears for City of San Luis Obispo property owners

Posted at 11:02 AM, May 27, 2023

Property owners in San Luis Obispo have less than a week to clear overgrown brush from their properties before the city's deadline.

All combustible weeds, dead trees and debris must be cleared by June 1 or property owners could be cited, and/or the city will complete the work at the cost of the property owner including a 75% administration fee.

The requirements include:

  • Mow overgrown lawns.
  • Clear empty lots to no more than 4 inches high (mow, disc, scrape or rototill) and remove cuttings. This includes any vegetation that may be green but dries later.
  • Clear dead leaves, weeds, and brush from your property.
  • Remove dead bushes, dead trees, or tree limbs.
  • Remove excess trash, wood, mattresses, and other combustibles from the property.
  • Keep stacked wood or any combustibles 3 feet from neighbor's fences; no higher than 3 feet.
  • Additional regulations may apply to properties located in hazardous fire areas.

“Wildfire readiness is a community effort, and we ask for help from our residents by reporting overgrown weeds and fire hazards to the fire department,” Fire Marshall Rodger Maggio said in a statement. “We have easy ways of submitting these complaints on our website, or by contacting us directly.”
To submit a weed abatement complaint, click here, call (805) 783-7775, or email