Defensible Space Inspections for Real Estate Transactions

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 Defensible Space Inspection that complies with Section 4291 of the Public Resources Code.

Check if you are in a Very High Fire Hazard Severity Zone

If you are in a Very High Fire Hazard Severity Zone, please complete an online real estate defensible space inspection request using the City of Poway Online Services site linked below or contact us at (858) 668-4470, option 1 for additional information.

How to request a Real Estate Defensible Space Inspection

Go to: https://services.poway.org/

Registration and Apply for Inspection

  1. Click on Login or Register; Click ‘Register Here’ for an account if you don’t already have one.
  2. Verify your email and finish registering; your username can be your email address.
  3. Skip the Contractor Information section by clicking on Next.
  4. Click the Enable Type Signature toggle on and type your name, click Submit.
  5. You will now be on your Online Services Dashboard
  6. Click on Apply in the bar at the top of the page.
  7. Type ‘Real Estate Defensible Space Inspection’ in the Application Assistant search bar.
  8. Click on ‘Apply’ next to the Real Estate Defensible Space Inspection box.
  9. Follow the prompts to complete the application; add inspection ($133) to your cart to pay for the inspection.  

Upon completion of payment, call (858) 668-4470, option 1 to schedule an inspection. 

Preparing for Your Inspection?                   

Click here for a Real Estate Defensible Space Inspection Checklist                                  

Links to the California Regulations Below:

Public Resources Code (PRC) 4291                 

CA Code of Regulations Title 14 § 1299.03 -