Permit Sonoma Fire Prevention

Chipper Program

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Permit Sonoma Fire Prevention Division is providing free chipper service to residents who are engaged in making their property more wildfire safe. The purpose of the program is to create defensible space, specifically around the home, structures and access routes to the structures, for properties located in the unincorporated areas of Sonoma County. For unimproved properties, woody debris generated from areas within 30 ft. of a structure or 20 ft. from a roadway also qualify for the program. Services such as fuel breaks, fuel management and defensible space greater than 100 feet from structures and 20 feet from edges of access roads to those structures fall outside the scope of the program.

In the event of a wildfire, having 100 feet or more of defensible space has been clearly demonstrated to help save homes. Likewise, thinning vegetation on access roads can make it safer for residents and firefighters. We hope that our free chipper service will help residents dispose of woody debris and assist in creating beautiful, healthy, and “firewise” landscapes around homes and on roadsides.

If you are interested in submitting an application for chipping services, find out more about the Chipper Program Guidelines.

Chipper Season is Currently Closed as of September 30, 2019

Thank you for your interest in the chipper program. The program is currently closed for the rainy season and will resume on May 4, 2020. This year, more people requested to participate in the program than the program had capacity to serve. The program enrollment is first come, first serve by zone with sign-ups via our online portal SoCo Report It starting April 22, 2020. We will no longer accept paper applications, online submittal only.

Contact Information

James Williams
Fire Warden/Fire Marshal

Permit and Resource Management Department

County of Sonoma

Contact us by Phone
Monday – Friday
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM