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 NEW: We are now ABLE to serve Foothill residents living on PRIVATE ROADS. See the new Application!

We are so glad you are interested in making your property a more fire safe place. Clearing out dense vegetation from around your home is great, but you can’t just leave the debris sitting around, as it too makes for great fire fuel.

Instead let us chip it for you!

To take advantage of our Residential Chipping Program, please read through all the guidelines listed here. Once you are sure that your project meets the guidelines, you can proceed to fill out the Chipping Application Form. Fill it out and email it to us.


Program Eligibility:

Chipper Pile Guidelines:

Piles must be prepared per these guidelines or they may not be chipped!

Placement of piles:

  • Do not place piles where they might block roadways or access!
  • If piles are near the road, they must be placed along road or driveway frontages so that crews can work SAFELY without need for additional personnel, signage, or road closure permits. 
  • Don’t put piles within 10 feet of power poles.
  • The chipper and truck must be able to get to a place they can turn around.
  • Place piles within 5-6 feet of chipper access, preferably on the uphill side of road or driveway.

Stacking your piles:

  • Do not make piles more than 4 feet tall.
  • Piles should be stacked with the cut ends facing the same direction, pointing towards access route (see pictures below).

Things that CAN go in your piles:

  • Freshly cut materials chip better than old dry material. Piles that have been in place for a long time (a year or so) may not be chipped by the County.
  • The chipper can handle material up to 10 inches in diameter.

Things that CANNOT go in your Piles:

  • No roots or stumps.
  • No rocks, dirt and mud.
  • No POISON OAK and other vines.
  • No spiny plants, roses or blackberries.
  • No Scotch/French Broom or gorse**
  • No nails, wires or any metal pieces!!!
  • No construction-type wood such as fence posts or 2x4s.
  • No rakings or piles of needles, leaves or grass.

**You will be responsible for disposing of any unchipped materials**

** Chipping scotch broom and other invasive weeds can spread their seeds.

You should know:

  • All material chipped will be blown back onto the property in a place the County deems practical and safe. You are responsible for spreading out the piles of chips.
  • You do not have to be home when the chipper comes.
  • The program is intended to address access routes and defensible space. There may be limits on the hours the chipper may spend at any one property. Please be as accurate as possible with the information you provide on your application
  • You are responsible for following environmental regulations concerning vegetation removal.

Proper pile stacking and placement:


To access a downloadable version of these guidelines, click here.