Weed Abatement FAQ
Why have I received an Abatement Notice?
Typically, a property is placed on the program after an inspector identifies a potential fire hazard or nuisance on the premises. Particularly weeds, when mature produce seeds of a wingy or downy nature, rubbish, refuse and dirt in the streets and private property. All property owners are required to maintain their property free of fire hazards and nuisances throughout the year.
A notice is sent when a violation creating a nuisance/fire hazard exists on your property. The photos on your notice depict the hazard. If these photos are not your property, please contact the Weed Abatement Coordinator at (909) 931-4134.
If the photos are of your property—you have accrued a $72.00 administrative fee and you have 10 days to correct the violation before the second inspection is conducted in which you will accrue additional fees.
What is an abatement?
It is the removal of the nuisance/fire hazard by a contractor for the City of Upland pursuant with the City of Upland Municipal Code Section 8.12.050.
I do not have any dead weeds or brush on my property. Why did I receive this letter?
There may have been a violation on your property at the time of inspection. If you believe you received the letter in error please contact our Weed Abatement Coordinator at (909) 931-4134.
Is green vegetation a fire hazard?
Yes. Most everything will burn including green vegetation and your green vegetation will dry quickly and become an even more hazardous condition in short time. Reducing fuel on your property will provide defensible space and less to burn if there is a fire. Abating hazards in the spring to minimize volume of combustible material helps us to be more effective during the peak fire season.
Will I be charged the $72.00 administrative fee if I already cleared the violation?
Yes. At the time of our annual inspection if the violation existed you have accrued a $72.00 administrative fee. If the photos provided with the notice are not your property, please contact the Weed Abatement Coordinator at (909) 931-4134.
If the photos are of your property, please maintain your property so the violations do not exist at the 2nd inspection when additional fees/fines could be accrued if the violations continue to exist. Fire hazards and nuisances are not allowed on your property year-round.
Will I receive an invoice?
No. Any fees or fines accrued from the Weed Abatement Program will be added to your property taxes. Your payment is made to the San Bernardino County Tax Collector.
What method of abatement is used to maintain my property?
The City contractor will use either one of, or a combination of disking, mowing, or hand crew weed whacking to complete abatement. The City contractor does not and will not use any type of spray to control or eradicate any hazards.
How do I know that the City performed work on my parcel?
The Inspector photographs the conditions of each parcel that work is ordered on. The city contractor takes a photo before and after each job to document what the parcel looked like before and after he performed the work. The photos are stored in our database as part of the parcel’s program record.
How can I get additional information or assistance regarding the specific requirements for my property?
Contact our Weed Abatement Coordinator at (909) 931-4134 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org