County of Ventura: Local Fire Debris Removal Program (Local Program)
Property owners who do not qualify for, or who choose not to participate in the State Program, must hire a private contractor to remove fire debris and clean up their properties. Local debris removal must follow the standards adopted by the County of Ventura, which mirror the state standards being used by the CalOES and CalRecycle for the State Program. Work must be performed by qualified personnel as set forth in the Local Fire Debris Removal Program Application Packet.
The packet contains:
- Local Fire Debris Removal Program Application (note: a work plan must be submitted with application).
- Management of Ventura County Wildfire Debris
- Guidelines, Templates and Resource List for Property Owners, Contractors and Consultants
A Local Fire Debris Removal Program Application must be submitted and approved by the County of Ventura or the City of Ventura, depending on location of the property, prior to the commencement of work. Private debris removal is done at the homeowner’s expense and must meet or exceed the standards set by local, state and federal agencies. This includes compliance with all legal requirements for disposal, authorized disposal sites, best management practices for activities on site, proper transportation and documentation of waste, and erosion control.
After implementation of the approved Work Plan, the owner must submit a certification showing that all work has been completed as specified. Documentation of adequate clean-up and proper disposal will be required. Property owners will not be allowed to build on their property until there is a certification that the property cleanup and removal of all hazardous waste has been completed in accordance with applicable standards.
Deadline for submittal of a Local Fire Debris Removal Program Application and Work Plan is February 8, 2018.
For residents in unincorporated Ventura County, please submit a completed Local Fire Debris Removal Program Application and Work Plan to the Ventura County Environmental Health Division public counter at:
- Ventura County Environmental Health Division
Hall of Administration
800 S. Victoria Ave. Ventura, CA 93009-1730, or
- Email: EHDThomasfire@ventura.org
It is recommended that forms be submitted in person.
For City of Ventura residents who do not qualify for, or who choose not to participate in the State Debris Removal Program, information can be found at: https://www.cityofventura.ca.gov/1254/Thomas-Fire-Information