Defensible Space Inspections

CA Assembly Bill 38 (AB-38) – Defensible Space Inspections


AB-38 Defensible Space Inspections and Compliance Reports for Real Estate Transactions in High or Very High Fire Hazard Severity Zone.

On and after July 1, 2021, when you sell a property that is located 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 transactions disclosure and documentation only.


To request an AB-38 DSI inspection, please follow the link below:

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The Fire Hazard Reduction Program, also referred to as FHRP, will send out a “Notice to Abate Fire Hazard” to all Kern County property owners whose properties are located within the State Responsibility Area (SRA). Property owners located in these areas are required to perform fire hazard reduction clearance by June 1st of every year and maintain their property free of fire hazards or nuisance vegetation year around. See Kern County Code of Ordinance Chapter 8.46 – WEEDS AND OTHER HAZARDOUS GROWTHS | Code of Ordinances | Kern County, CA | Municode Library

If property owners and the Kern County Fire Department work together, we can all reach the goal of protecting life and property through this process. An overall reduction of hazards increases firefighter and public safety, as well as improves our ability to protect your property in the event of a fire.

If you are selling your home and need to request an AB-38 Defensible Space Inspection, please click on the following link: AB-38 Defensible Space Inspection

If you moved, did not receive a “Notice to Abate Fire Hazard” letter or it was sent to the wrong address you will need to contact the Kern County Assessor’s Office. It is the responsibility of the property owner to notify the Assessor’s Office of any mailing address change:

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Defensible Space Guidelines

Defensible space, coupled with home hardening, is essential to improve your home’s chance of surviving a wildfire. Defensible space is the buffer you create between a building on your property and the grass, trees, shrubs, or any wildland area that surround it.

This space is needed to slow or stop the spread of wildfire and it helps protect your home from catching fire—either from embers, direct flame contact or radiant heat. Proper defensible space also provides firefighters a safe area to work in, to defend your home.

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