Defensible Space and Home Hardening Evaluation and Inspection Program

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Inspectors from the MWPA and local fire department will inspect residential properties to evaluate whether they meet wildland-urban interface (WUI) defensible space, vegetation management, and construction standards. Homeowners receive a comprehensive online report that includes recommendations for improving the home’s ability to survive a wildfire. This evaluation may also determine if the property meets state and local requirements for defensible space. Follow up inspections may occur after 30 days. Some issues identified may be required by law and must be corrected. In some cases, failure to correct these issues may result in abatement and/or liens. Enforcement actions, if necessary, are the responsibility of the fire department's Fire Prevention Bureau, not the MWPA.

Who will receive these evaluation reports? Residents of many central and west Marin communities, including: 

​Central Marin

  • Corte Madera
  • Larkspur
  • Greenbrae
  • Kentfield
  • Ross
  • San Anselmo
  • Sleepy Hollow
  • Fairfax

West Marin

  • Woodacre
  • San Geronimo
  • Forest Knolls
  • Nicasio
  • Point Reyes
  • Stinson Beach
  • Bolinas
  • Inverness
  • Muir Beach

San Rafael

  • Santa Venetia
  • Los Ranchitos
  • Unincorporated areas



Approval Meeting


CEQA Documentation



Marin wild fire projects

Type Of Project

Defensible Space Evaluations

Lead Agency

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