Structural Fire Prevention Field Guide
MODEL ORDINANCE FOR THE DEFENSIBILITY OF SPACE AND STRUCTURES
ORDINANCE NO. ______________
AN ORDINANCE OF THE (CITY/COUNTY) OF, _____________, CALIFORNIA, ADOPTED PURSUANT TO
THE STATE HEALTH AND SAFETY CODE, AMENDING THE LATEST ADOPTED EDITION OF THE
UNIFORM BUILDING AND FIRE CODES TO REGULATE HAZARDOUS FIRE CONDITIONS IN THE VERY
HIGH FIRE HAZARD SEVERITY ZONES DESIGNATED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CODE OF
The (City Council/Board of Supervisors) of the (city/county) of _____________does ordain as follows:
SECTION 1. This Ordinance shall apply to all real property located within the (city/unincorporated area of the
county) which is within the very high fire hazard severity zones designated pursuant to Section of the Code of
SECTION 2. Definitions.
Accessory Building: Any building used as an accessory to residential, commercial, recreational, industrial, or
educational purposes as defined in the latest adopted edition of the California Building Code, Group U, Division 1,
Occupancy that requires a building permit.
Building: Any structure used or intended for supporting or sheltering any use or occupancy that is defined in the
latest adopted edition of the California Building Code, except Group U, Division 1, Occupancy. For the purposes of
this subchapter, building includes mobile homes and manufactured homes, churches and day care facilities.
Dead-End Road: A road that has only one point of vehicular ingress/egress, including cur-de-sacs and looped
Defensible Space: The area within the perimeter of a parcel, development, neighborhood or community where
basic wildland fire protection practices and measures are implemented, providing the key point of defense from an
approaching wildfire or defense against encroaching wildfires or escaping structure fires. The perimeter as used
herein is the area encompassing the parcel or parcels proposed for construction and/or development, excluding the
physical structure itself. The