Rancho San Antonio Preserve mowing for fire safety, April 2020. (Michael Gorman)

Neighbor Defensible Space Permit

In spring 2020, due to dryer-than-normal conditions, Midpen staff completed annual District-wide wildland fire safety mowing and maintenance early. Photo: Mowing in Rancho San Antonio Preserve, April 2020.

Neighbors can apply here for a free permit allowing you to reduce vegetation on Midpen land, within 100 feet of occupied structures, to create defensible space around your home.

Program Details

  • The occupied structure should be in compliance with applicable planning, building, and zoning laws.
  • Applicants and contractors must have general liability insurance and any required licenses.
  • Cost of vegetation removal and any required environmental review are the applicant's responsibility.

Other requirements may be identified in the permit for consistency with Midpen’s resource management policies and practices. Defensible Space Permit program guidelines.

illustration of defensible space zones

    Questions? Contact Midpen at 650-691-1200 or info@openspace.org.

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