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Request an AB 38 Defensible Space Inspection

When is an AB-38 Inspection Required?

California Civil Code 1102.19(a) established that, as of July 1, 2021, when you sell property that is located in a high or very high fire hazard severity zone you'll need documentation of a compliant Defensible Space Inspection (DSI) that complies with Section 4291 of the Public Resources Code or local vegetation management ordinances (SDMC 142.0412).

Please fill out the application below to request an inspection.

Application for AB38 Defensible Space Inspection

Please read through the FAQs below for more information about the AB-38 inspection process. Any additional questions or concerns can be sent to sdfddsinspections@sandiego.gov.

Will I be charged for an AB-38 Defensible Space Inspection?

Beginning July 1, 2022, a $118.00 fee will be charged for an AB-38 Defensible Space Inspection. Please do not remit payment with the application. An invoice will be sent to the billing address indicated on the application.

Please note: Cancellation requests must be made at least two (2) business days prior to scheduled inspection or you will be charged for the inspection. You will need to submit a new application after a cancelled inspection request if you still wish to receive an inspection.

What happens after I submit the form?

By completing the application, you will be submitting your request for an AB-38 inspection to be conducted at the address provided. You will receive a follow-up phone call or email from a Defensible Space Inspector within 2 to 4 business days to make an appointment. Inspections are conducted during regular business hours 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday and can take 10 to 14 business days from the request date to conduct. Requests submitted after hours or on holidays and weekends will delay the processing time.

When should I submit the request?

A copy of the completed inspection report that shows proof the property has been inspected, and has passed that inspection, within six (6) months prior to entering a sales contract.

What if my property does not pass the inspection?

If your property does not pass on the first attempt, the inspector will explain what work needs to be completed to bring the property into compliance and schedule a reinspection date. The property will be required to be brought into compliance within the legal due process time frame. However, if the property will not meet compliance with City’s SDMC 142.0412 or California Fire Code prior the close of escrow, the seller and the buyer shall enter into a written agreement pursuant to which the buyer agrees to obtain documentation of compliance within one year after closing escrow.