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For Immediate Release

Applications for Curbside Chipper Program open to unincorporated residents

Santa Rosa, CA | May 02, 2022

Sonoma County announced today that Permit Sonoma has begun accepting residential applications for the Curbside Chipper Program. The service supports residents of unincorporated Sonoma County in creating defensible space around their homes, neighboring roadsides, and reduces vegetation along access routes. 

The Curbside Chipper Program operates from May through November (dependent on weather) and is provided on a first-come, first-served basis. After submitting a complete application, Permit Sonoma will provide up to two hours of complimentary chipping which, on average, is enough time to process a pile of vegetation that is approximately 50 feet long, 3 feet tall and 8 feet wide. In 2021, Permit Sonoma completed a total of 465 jobs assisting property owners as they reinforced defensible space around their homes. 

“Permit Sonoma’s free Curbside Chipper Program is a great way for residents to reduce their costs as they clear defensible space around their property,” said Fire Marshal Steve Mosiurchak. “The chipper program is one of Permit Sonoma’s most popular programs, so we are encouraging residents to apply as soon as possible.” 

In the event of a wildfire, having 100 feet or more of defensible space can help save homes. Likewise, thinning vegetation on access roads can make travel and access safer for residents and first responders. The free chipper service can help residents dispose of woody debris and assist in creating beautiful, healthy, and fire-resilient landscapes around homes and on roadsides. 

To learn more about the program guidelines and how to apply, property owners in the unincorporated Sonoma County may visit Permit Sonoma’s Curbside Chipper Program webpage

Contact Information 
Bradley Dunn 
Policy Manager Permit Sonoma County of Sonoma 
(707) 565-1900