Weed Abatement

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Annual Weed Abatement Program

The Cosumnes Fire Department is committed to reducing the risk of fire in Elk Grove and Galt each fire season. This is accomplished through the annual weed abatement program. 

  • April thru October - typical program time period.
  • May - Notice to Destroy Weeds mailed to property owners.

Ordinance Requirements

The Weed Abatement Ordinance requires parcels of 2 acres or less to have weeds no taller than 2 inches. Parcels larger than 2 acres must have a 30-foot fire break around all structures. For further details, please reference the Weed Abatement Guidelines (PDF).

Reducing Fire Hazards

The goal of the Cosumnes Fire Department is to reduce the risk of fire hazards only. Although some parcels may be unsightly, they might not constitute a fire hazard.

Fire hazards exist when overgrown weeds, brush, or trimmings are adjacent to, or could potentially threaten, structures such as dwellings, barns, storage buildings, or stored vehicles.

Submit a Complaint

Complaints regarding fire hazards may be submitted to the Fire Prevention Bureau:

On-Site Inspection

An on-site inspection will be conducted to determine if a parcel requires weed abatement in order to protect nearby structures or wooden fences from fire.

Due to laws prohibiting illegal searches, all weed violations must be visible from the street. The Fire Prevention Bureau will not climb or look over fences, nor enter a residence or backyard to confirm weed abatement complaints.

If the parcel is determined to be a fire hazard, the owner/tenant will be required to abate the hazard by discing/mowing, providing defensible space, or clearing brush or trimmings. Please use equipment in a safe and responsible manner. Visit the Prevent Wildfire California website for information on the safe use of equipment.