Public Involvement

The public has an important role in implementing the new wildland urban interface building standards and updating the State's Fire Hazard Severity Zones. Those who are directly affected by the changes have been involved in the process since the beginning. People from a variety of perspectives participated in the Building Standards Commission’s code development and adoption including:

  • Building Officials
  • Building Industry
  • Firefighters
  • Local Government
  • Environmental Organizations
  • Insurance Industry

The Building Standards Commission has completed its public participation process for the new wildland-urban interface building standards.

Simultaneously, CAL FIRE has been updating the Fire Hazard Severity Zones which are needed to implement the new building codes. Adoption of the revised maps also relies on a strong public participation component as the changes will affect a broad audience that includes property owners in the wildland or wildland-urban interface areas. It is important that those interests are heard. For that reason, the State regulatory process provides for a public hearing to be held in each affected community. A public hearing is an official process that allows members of the public to provide formal public comment on record.

In June and July, 2007, CAL FIRE hosted a series of public meetings in 56 counties to gather public comments on the proposed fire hazard severity zones for the state responsibility area. Those comments are being reviewed and responses prepared. A Response to Comments will be posted on the CAL FIRE website along with the revised maps for each county.

At present, proposed Very High Fire Hazard Severity Zone Maps are being developed for local responsibility areas in cities and counties that have lands designated as very high fire hazard. Those maps will be reviewed this fall and formal recommendations are anticipated for next winter and spring 2008. Local government agencies will seek comment from the communities they serve through their local ordinance process.

FHSZ Hearing Schedule (all are completed)

FHSZ and Building Codes Stakeholder Briefings (all are completed)


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