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Home Evaluation Program

About the Program

One of the most important initiatives for the Marin Wildfire Prevention Authority (MWPA) is to expand and enhance defensible space home evaluations to ensure homes meet fire and building codes, as well as education to reduce the vulnerability of a home. These home evaluations are a valuable tool to help homeowners understand what needs to be done to protect their property. It is very important to open your report by going to and entering the unique code provided on the door hanger left on your property. If you do not remember your code, you can submit a request when you visit the website. Note, this unique code is permanently associated with your home so that at any time you can access your report.

What to Expect

With the homeowners or tenants permission, in about 10 or 15 minutes the uniformed defensible space inspectors will evaluate a home’s defensible space and building construction. They will outline steps to mitigate vegetation hazards and structures to resist embers. Residents are encouraged to accompany the inspectors and ask questions. Watch this video for more information.

The Home Evaluation Report

The report gives a detailed explanation of defensible space and home hardening issues that should be addressed by the homeowner. The report distinguishes between safety improvements which must be made because they are required by code and recommended improvements that are not required, but will make your home safer. The report includes a detailed map of your property which identifies where problems were observed and a photo of each problem identified.

Local Home Evaluation Programs

Local fire department home evaluation programs differ slightly, but in all cases, the goal is to assess risks around each property, recognize the wildfire dangers, and implement a fuel reduction and home hardening plan. The evaluation programs take an educational approach to working with homeowners.

The Novato Fire Department mitigation team offers appointments for free personalized assessments, recommendations for improvements, and information on financial assistance programs (415-878-2622).

The San Rafael Fire Department Wildfire Mitigation Team conducts wildfire mitigation projects and home assessments throughout the San Rafael year around. If you’d like to schedule a visit to your property, call 415-721-2875 or email Some assistance may be available to directly help low-income, elderly, and disabled homeowners reduce the wildfire risk around their homes as well as other wildfire mitigation work. Assistance request form

SouthCentral, and West Marin Fire Departments, including the Ross Valley, Corte Madera, Larkspur, Mill Valley, Southern Marin, and all of West Marin, hire seasonal inspectors to conduct home evaluations. Thousands of evaluations are conducted between May and September. Areas are rotated each year with the goal of visiting every residence at least once every three years. Homeowners are provided with a detailed, online evaluation form that describes each area on the property that may be in need of attention. The evaluation form has links to the Fire Safe Marin website for detailed information on how to make the improvements needed for defensible space and home hardening. For further information: 415 275-1185 or

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