The District performs defensible space inspections to reduce the impact of wildland fires.


This season our Department will perform three types of inspections:


  • Free Property Inspections (funded by a grant): Property inspections help residents create defensible space around their homes and structures. The District will provide homeowners with a report of our findings along with educational materials to help them comply with local defensible space requirements. If you are requesting an inspection and are not the homeowner you will need to fill out an Authorized Agent Form.

*Please note-Defensible Space Inspections for construction projects are $140.00 and are performed by our Fire Prevention Officers. Please visit our Plan Review Page for more information. Do not use this sign up page for building project related defensible space inspections.

  • Educational Inspections: District staff will walk the neighborhoods and mail the results of their findings to homeowners. Staff will not come on to your property without permission so their surveys will not be complete. Therefore, the inspections are only educational and intended to help you identify defensible space issues that require your attention and give you an opportunity to comply with the law.

  • Mandatory Compliance Defensible Space Inspections: Homeowners can expect to receive certified mailings advising them of defensible space action needed to bring their property onto compliance with California state law. Homeowners are given a 30 day grace period to complete the necessary improvements. The properties will be re-inspected and homeowners who fail to remedy the violations may face a citation.


  • We are no longer accepting requests for the 2020 Field Season . Chipping is normally scheduled to begin the first week of June. The last day to make a request for the 2020 chipping season was 10/12/2020.

  • All requests must be submitted on NTFIRE.NET (Must have a request in order to chip the pile) 

  • Please make sure you sign up in advance for our free chipping program. The crew that does the chipping is also a wildland fire crew, so please be flexible with the schedule posted on our website. Once you have entered all of your information for your residence online, you will be added to a master list. At that point, the nicely stacked piles with ends pointed toward the road will wait to be picked up and chipped. The chips will be dispersed back onto your property. Please be patient, we had record breaking chipping numbers last year, and anticipate the same this year.

  • The District provides a free chipping service to residential customers

  • Once you have scheduled your chipping, work is performed according to area specific zones

  • The chipping crew will attempt to chip any remaining piles in any neighborhood within our fire district during the week of 10/21 to 10/27/2020. 

  • 4" max diameter material, Placed curbside with the cut-side facing the street. (Chipping service applies to branches/limbs/twigs and does NOT include pine needle/cone pickup)

  • It is the property owner's responsibility to maintain their vegetation to meet defensible space requirements

  • The chipping service we provide is free and is carried out by a local wildland fire hand-crew who are frequently dispatched to wildland fires

  • All chipped material is left on-site

  • Through October 31- Tahoe Truckee Sierra Disposal(TTSD) accepts 6 free yards of greenwaste at their Eastern Regional Materials Recovery Facility: 900 Cabin Creek Road (between Truckee & Squaw) *Must unload their own greenwaste *Bagged greenwaste emptied *~$7/Yard for additional greenwaste *Includes(Tree limbs, brush, bark, pine needles, cones, dry grass, dead leaves, yard trimmings)

  • TTSD will also drop off a 6-yard greenwaste dumpster and pick it back up 5 days later: Call 530-583-7800 for pricing and info

  • Piles must not be higher than 6 ft. or longer than 6ft. No piles in length over 30ft.

  • Piles must be curbside and easily accessible

  • Branches cannot exceed 6 inches in diameter

  • No stumps, roots ,garbage, nails, lumber, pine needles or pine cones.

NOTE I: Hours of chipping operations are 8:00 am until 5:00 pm 7 days a week. Chips will be left at the residence. Very large piles left by commercial contractors will not be chipped.


NOTE II: The Chipping Crew is also a Fire Crew and can be deployed by district fire chiefs to fires in the area. This may delay the rotation.​


  • A defensible space inspection must be completed prior to obtaining a tree removal permit.

  • To schedule a defensible space inspection to obtain a tree removal permit that does not involve a building project, and if for defensible space purposes only, click on the link below titled Tree Removal Permit Inspection. 

  • A tree removal permit is offered for defensible space purposes only. Permits are not issued for other reasons such as disease, structural hazards or view enhancement. If a tree must be removed for one of these other reasons, visit the link below for the TRPA.

  • The cost for a permit is $140.00 for each property.

  • TRPA allows removal of trees up to 14 inches (6 inches for lakefronts) in diameter without a permit.

North Tahoe Fire Hazardous Fuels Reduction and Defensible Space Project


The California Tahoe Conservancy is authorizing the North Tahoe Fire Protection District to complete fuels treatment on 881 lots owned by the California Tahoe Conservancy in Placer County. The treatment involves a thin from below approach to remove ladder fuels and retain larger healthy trees.

North Tahoe Fire Protection District - PO Box 5879 - 222 Fairway Dr. Tahoe City, CA 96145 - 530-583-6911

Business Office Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM - Closed for Lunch 12:00 to 1:00 PM - Closed on Holidays

In case of emergency, call 911

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