Fire Prevention & Preparedness: Vegetation Ordinance Adoption Before the City Council on September 5th.

Update: The City Council introduced the Vegetation Management Ordinance at the August 5th meeting and will hold a Second Reading adopting the ordinance at their September 5th meeting.

The proposed ordinance would require:

1) The removal of the following ten plant types from all portions of properties within the WUI: Acacia, Bamboo, Arborvitae (Thuja), Italian Cypress, Junipers, French Broom, Portuguese Broom, Scotch Broom, Spanish Broom, and Gorse.

2) The removal of all plantings and mulches (with limited exceptions granted by the Fire Chief) from within the first 3' of primary buildings (including attached decks) within the WUI to create a 3 foot wide clear area at the base of the building.

3) Redwood trees are specifically exempted from the regulations.


CLICK HERE to view additional information from the August 5th staff report.




Please refer to the links below for additional information.

VEGETATION MANAGEMENT ORDINANCE: Related documents and resources: 

Read About It
 August 5, 2019 Staff Report and Proposed Ordinance
June 17, 2019 Staff Report and Proposed Ordinance
September 2018 Staff Report and Vegetation Management Ordinance
Frequently Asked Questions
March 25, 2019 Community Meeting Summary  
Update on Fire Preparedness and Prevention Initiatives


Watch a Video
Introduction to the Vegetation Management Ordinance (3 min)
June 17, 2019 City Council Meeting (jump to 24:52 min)
Full March 25, 2019 Community Meeting (2.5 hours)
Short clips from the March 25 Community Meeting:
Mill Valley's Fire Prevention Initiatives (3:40 min)
How Fire Moves (3:16 min)
The First Three Feet Around Your Home (13:18 min)
The Next 30 Feet Around Your Home (6:12 min)


Meeting & Date Topic Resources
City Council Meeting
August 5, 2019 
Proposed ordinance presented to City Council for their consideration Staff Report and Proposed Ordinance
City Council
June 17, 2019
The proposed ordinance was presented to the City Council for their consideration. Staff Report and Proposed Ordinance
Community Workshop
June 10, 2019
 Proposed Vegetation Ordinance   
City Council
Community Meeting
Proposed Vegetation Ordinance Review, evacuations, emergency communications


Parks & Recreation Commission
Proposed Vegetation Ordinance Review Presentation
City Council 
Consideration of a Resolution Approving a Budget Adjustment and Authorization to Purchase and Install the Long-Range Acoustic Device (LRAD) System in Mill Valley. Staff Report
Planning Commission 
Proposed Vegetation Ordinance Review Video
City Council 
Consideration and Introduction of an Ordinance Amending Title 15 of the Mill Valley Municipal Code, Amending the Fire Code with New Vegetation Management Requirements Staff Report
City Council
Outcomes from the Ready Mill Valley Neighborhood Meetings Regarding Fire and Disaster Preparedness and Preview of Emergency and Communications Systems and Protocol

Staff Report

City Council
Fire Emergency Preparedness and Prevention Policies and Practices and Recommendations for Improvement and Enhancement. 

Staff Report


Fire Resistant Plant List

How to Create Defensible Space

Wildland Urban Interface Map

How to "Harden" your Home

Questions or comments - Please contact:

Mill Valley Fire Department, 1 Hamilton Drive, Mill Valley CA 94941
Non-Emergency Phone: (415) 389-4130 
Emergency Phone: 911