Current Road Closure Information
For current information on road conditions in the County of Santa Cruz, visit the Santa Cruz County Public Works Department traffic advisory and road closure page here.
2015/2016 Backyard Burn Season Permit Requirements
Beginning December 1st, backyard burn season will open for the burning of yard trimmings for one- and two-family dwellings ONLY. The burn season will end on April 30, 2016. No backyard burns are permitted withing the City of Capitola limits.
Before burning, all residents within the boundaries of Central Fire Protection District must secure a Backyard Burn Permit from the Administration Office at 930 17th Avenue in Santa Cruz during normal business hours. There is no charge for the permit and it is valid for the entirety of burn season. In addition, all residents must call the Monterey Unified Air Pollution Control District (1-800-225-2876) on the day they plan to burn to confirm that it is a burn day. You then must also call Central Fire District on the day you burn to notify us that you are planning to burn. Conducting a backyard burn without a permit may result in a citation and you may be liable for all fire suppression costs.
***NEW*** Permit/Plan Submittal Application
When submitting plans for remodels, new homes, sprinkler, alarm, etc., for review by our department we now require that you fill out a Permit Application. This form can be located here, and must accompany your plans at the time of submittal to our office. As a reminder, plan review is conducted on Thursday of each week (except for holidays) and we have a two-week turnaround time. Plans must be received by 4pm on Wednesdays.
Wildfire Defensible Space Inspections
Beginning in early spring, our wildfire defensible space (LE-100) inspectors will begin conducting defensible space inspections on properties located within the SRA. Residents whose properties will be receiving these inspections will receive a letter in the mail notifying them of an upcoming inspection. A copy of that letter can be viewed here. In order to prepare your property for your LE-100 inspection and the upcoming wildfire season, check out these vegetation management and defensible space tips. Thank you in advance for your participation in this important fire safety program. Please contact our Fire Prevention Department at (831) 479-6843 if you have any questions regarding our LE-100 inspection program.