Homeowners Associations (HOAs) – Wildfire Evaluations and Resources


Interim Fire Chief Abraham Roman
All Fire Stations are Fully Operational 24/7, for emergencies call 9-1-1

Administration (415) 485-3304
Vegetation Management/Defensible Space (415) 485-3054
Fire Prevention (415) 485-3308
Non-Emergency (415) 485-3000
Administrative Office:
1375 Fifth Avenue
San Rafael, CA 94901
Monday - Friday: 8:30 am-5:00 pm
Saturday - Sunday: Closed
Emergency Response: 24/7

Your safety is our priority, passion, and mission - but we need your help!

Over the past few years we have all seen the devastating impact of wildfires. To help protect your family, friends, homes, businesses and community, the San Rafael City Council has adopted new vegetation standards. Fire knows no boundaries and therefore vegetation standards now apply to all structures and property Citywide, including Homeowners Association (HOA) common areas and HOA exclusive-use areas. 

As of April 2022, all property owners in the City of San Rafael are required to adjust their landscape to comply with wildfire safety vegetation standards in regards to San Rafael Municipal Code Chapter 4.12.

The City of San Rafael can provide assistance in meeting these requirements through HOA common area evaluations, door-to-door assessments for HOA residents to review exclusive-use areas, Community Educational Presentations with our staff, help to formulate a long-term annual maintenance work plan and setting fire risk reduction priorities, guidance on how to become a Firewise USA community site, help with organizing invasive broom pulling events for your HOA community including the lending of broom pulling tools, grantsdirect assistance,  and Chipper Days.  You can learn more about our Wildfire Hazard Enforcement Process here.

How Can I Get Started Protecting My Home and HOA Common Areas?

Defensible Space and Home Hardening are critical to help protect your family, home, HOA common areas, and community from wildfire. To learn more about how to reduce wildfire risk, the support available, and information about our other wildfire risk-reduction efforts, please visit the links provided, contact your HOA board representatives, or contact us.  If you are a representative of the Homeowners Association or Neighborhood Association and would like to arrange for an evaluation of the common areas, please complete an HOA/NA Intake Form to get started.  Together, we can help San Rafael adapt to living with fire.


Defensible space is essential to improve your home’s chance of surviving a wildfire.

How to become a Firewise USA® community site.

FIRESafe MARIN provides support for "Chipper Days" to help you reduce combustible landscaping.

Have you done work to protect your home from wildfires? See if your work was eligible for our grant!

Need help preparing your property for wildfires? See if our Direct Assistance program can help you.

Check out the Fire Safe Marin website for more information on fire-safe plants, home hardening, and more!

Discover projects the City is undertaking to reduce the risk of wildfire in public land.

Stay informed! Sign up for the emergency alerts in your area.

Learn about Zonehaven, a digital resource for evacuation instructions.

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