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Chipper Program

Fire Prevention Chipper Program 750

Chipper Program Application Portal is Closed

Thank you for your interest in the free Curbside Chipper Program. Chipper Applications are currently closed. Check back in for the next chipper season starting in spring 2023. If you have a pending 2022 chipping service application, you can check for your application status on the 2022 Curbside Chipper Program Dashboard 24 hours after submission.

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 qualifies 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.