Hazardous Vegetation & Rubbish Abatement Program

Preventing hazardous conditions and protecting public health and safety


Each year after the rains, vegetation can quickly grow out of control. Tall weeds and overgrowth can harbor vermin and create other nuisances. Weeds and brush are not only unsightly but also pose a significant safety hazard when they become dry fuel for fire to consume. In addition, overgrowth of vegetation can impede the public's ability to use the streets and sidewalks.

Therefore, the City's Hazardous Vegetation and Rubbish Abatement Program requires property owners to alleviate potentially hazardous conditions and to maintain their property throughout the year.

The mission of the City of program is for the annual removal of combustible fuel such as weeds, brush, dead trees, and rubbish from unimproved properties within the city limits including abatement of nuisances such as fill dirt and debris from illegal dumping, through the cooperation of affected property owners according to the Lake Elsinore Municipal Code, Chapter 8.18. 152.

The responsibility of the program shall fall under the oversight of the City's Office of the Fire Marshal, Code Enforcement and Public Works departments, as noted below; subcontracting the inspection and clearing of properties to an outside contractor and including physical property inspections prior to noticing.

Code Enforcement shall be responsible for any vacant or occupied property located outside of the High Fire Areas within the City. 

Office of the Fire Marshal shall be responsible for any vacant property located within the High Fire Areas within the City. High Fire maps may be accessed via the CalFire High Fire Hazard Severity Map here (click on binoculars to search)

Public Works shall be responsible for any property adjacent to the public right-of-way, up to 8' from the roadways. 

For questions, please contact the City at 951-674-3124 ext. 227. If you wish to dispute a notice, you must submit a written appeal to the WeedAbatement@Lake-Elsinore.org within 15 days of the date of this notice. The appeal shall state the reasons why this notice is incorrect. A hearing on the appeal shall be conducted pursuant to Lake Elsinore Municipal Code Section 8.18.040.

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