College - Author 1

College of Architecture and Environmental Design

Department - Author 1

Construction Management Department

Degree Name - Author 1

BS in Construction Management



Primary Advisor/Subject Matter Expert (SME)

Dan Knight, College of Architecture and Environmental Design, Construction Management Department


This project aims to evaluate the enforcement of wildfire prevention policies in the County of San Luis Obispo. In the past few years, a series of highly destructive wildfires have ravaged the state of California, leading to scrutiny of wildfire prevention and its enforcement. This study focused on the County of San Luis Obispo to analyze the agencies responsible for enforcing wildfire prevention. In the County of San Luis Obispo, the County Planning and Building Department, County Fire Department, and Cal Fire State Department cooperate to enforce wildfire prevention measures across the County. Personnel from these agencies were interviewed to provide a basis for understanding each agency’s modus operandi. These agencies cooperate to enforce a plethora of preventative regulations, as well as self-perform preventative measures across the County. Enforcement agencies face a multitude of difficulties in enforcing wildfire prevention regulations, including lack of funding, insufficient manpower, and critical media attention. Despite these difficulties, the County of San Luis Obispo operates at a reasonable level considering their resources; however, greater measures could be taken should changes occur. Some of these changes could include greater values for fines, stricter treatment of code violators, and distribution of some County responsibilities to city agencies.

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