Weed Abatement

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The City of Oroville Fire Department Weed Abatement Program exists to address enforcement and safety issues within the City of Oroville and newly annexed areas. Each year, approximately 9,000 property owners are inspected.  Owners are required to keep their property clean of weeds, rubbish, refuse and dirt. Property owners need to follow and meet the standards and guidelines by their own effort or by hiring a private individual. The properties that do not comply with the standards will be subject to City Enforcement and abated by a City Contractor at the owner's expense.

As one of only a few Cities allowing the sale and discharge of safe and sane fireworks, this program has proven to be very effective in reducing the number of potentially dangerous fires that are started by the careless use of fireworks.

The weed abatement standards are not a one-time observance. A property owner will likely need to address their property more than once during the year to meet the standards. Although required throughout the year, it is extremely critical that properties be maintained during the high fire months, usually from April through October.

FAQ's

When do weed abatement notices begin?

Weed Abatement notices are typically posted in the Oroville Mercury Register twice in the month of April and on the Oroville Fire Departments’ social media outlets and City of Oroville website.

How do I know if I’m in violation?

Parcel/s with weeds 4” inches or higher will be in violation and subject to a penalty plus all related costs of abatement. Weed Abatement of hazard/s by the city is not a service, rather it is to address an enforcement or safety issue. Parcels larger than 1 acre are required to have a 30-foot wide perimeter of bare ground around the entire lot.

When is the deadline for weed abatement?

The deadline for mowing, disking and/or cleaning properties is June 15th of each year. If late spring rains occur, properties may need to be mowed or disked several times in order to comply with city standards.

What is the best method to clear my lot of weeds?

Please refer to Oroville Fire Department Weed Abatement Program Information Sheet.

Why did I receive an Initial Notice when my property is clean?

If you have any doubts about the status of your property, please call the Oroville Fire Department Weed Abatement line at (530) 538-2481 or email: weedabatement@orofd.org

My neighbor’s house or vacant property is possibly out of compliance. Can I report the status of this property?

Yes, please call the Oroville Fire Department Weed Abatement line at (530) 538-2481 or email to: weedabatement@orofd.org. The Oroville Fire Department appreciates help from the public to reduce this threat. Complaints are received will be handled on a case by case basis by the Oroville Fire Department Fire Prevention Bureau.  Remember, the primary condition that will be considered is whether the property poses a fire hazard and or is a nuisance.

There is debris and garbage on my property, and I didn’t put it there – why am I responsible?

If you are the property owner, then you are exclusively responsible for maintaining the condition of that property.

I no longer own the property, why was I sent a Weed Abatement Notice?

At times, the records are not always up to date. The Weed Abatement Notice is sent to the last known owner on the Butte County assessment roll. If you no longer own the property, please call the Oroville Fire Department Weed Abatement line at (530) 538-2481 or email to: weedabatement@orofd.org

Can I request an extension?

Yes, please call the Oroville Fire Department Weed Abatement line at (530) 538-2481 or email to: weedabatement@orofd.org Extensions will be considered on a case by case basis, if the parcel is not an immediate threat (fire hazard) to the surrounding area.

Where can I find a weed abatement contractor?

Weed Abatement contractors can be found in the yellow pages or on the internet under “weed control services” or “disking services”. The City of Oroville Fire Department also has a list of contractors that can be found here. Oroville Fire Department Weed Abatement Resource List

To be added to the Oroville Fire Department Weed Abatement Resource List, please call the Oroville Fire Department Weed Abatement line at (530) 538-2481 or email to: weedabatement@orofd.org prior to April 15theach calendar year.