City of Big Bear Lake
Curbside Chipping Program

City of Big Bear Lake Public Works will offer this service starting on
July 26, 2021
The deadline for registering for curbside service this season is 
Monday, September 17, 2021   If you miss the September deadline there will not be another opportunity in 2021 for curbside chipping.



The following information is critical for our program funding, to demonstrate the homeowner and community’s efforts in creating defensible space.

The process for curbside chipping: 

1. Property owner places slash (branches, small trees,etc) at their curb or roadside.

2. Property owner registers by the deadline for the season's cycle. 

3. The contractors then create the most efficient "route" for their equipment and crews.  We never know where they will start or how long a cycle will take.  Some people have a few branches, others have 50 ft long piles that are 3 feet high.  Our contractors commit to complete their lists within two weeks. This isn't always possible depending on weather, the volume of properties and material and backlogs in abatement projects.  The chips will be hauled away.

Help us demonstrate the value of this free chipping service by completing the required chipping request form which provides us with documentation of community support in creating defensible space. The outcomes and success of this project will be important factors in future funding consideration.

Thank you for doing your part in making our communities more FIRE SAFE!


THE MATERIAL IS READY AT THE CURB OR ROADSIDE.  The contractor will not backtrack to chip your material if it is not ready when he arrives.


You will be required to answer the following questions on the form below to register your request for curbside chipping.  In addition to basic property and contact information, please provide:

Defensible Space Hours - refers to the number of hours spent creating defensible space. These hours include not only the time spent creating the piles to be chipped, but also the removal of pine needles and leaves, removing or modifying shrubs, cutting wild grasses and weeds to 4 (four) inches and so on.  If more than one person worked, please include all hours. Example: if two people worked for four hours that would be a total of EIGHT (8) hours, not four. If you paid someone to do all or part of the work, do not include their hours, their time will be covered under a different question.  Your best estimate is fine.

Who Did the Work - this is  to track the property owner's participation in creating defensible space, and the time is used for "in-kind" volunteer hours to match the dollars received in the grant. This can be you, friends, family, neighbors, etc. It is fine if you didn't personally do the work and hired someone else to trim, cut and stack for you. The amount you paid them is also considered "in-kind" and is answered in the next question.

If You Hired  Someone Else for All or Part of the Work, How Much Did You Pay - enter the total amount paid, round to whole dollars.

Program Criteria - failure to comply with the following criteria may result in your material not being chipped.

  - Material to be chipped must be on the property stacked along a road allowing the chipping crew to work alongside the pile safely. PLEASE STACK THE LIMBS, BRANCHES AND TREES with all the cut ends the same way, preferably facing the street.  This significantly reduces the amount of time it takes to chip at each property. THE USE OF BACKHOES OR TRACTORS TO CREATE SLASH PILES FOR CHIPPING IS NOT ACCEPTABLE. PILES SO CREATED WILL BE BYPASSED.

- NO root balls, limbs or tree trunks larger than 8" in diameter, construction lumber, bagged material, pine needles, weeds, leaves, pine cones or loose bark, painted or preserved wood, trash, material containing rocks, dirt, metal, nails, screws, fasteners, wire or twine will be accepted. Limbs with pine needles or leaves are acceptable of course, we just cannot accept piles or bags of these items.

 Property Owner Declaration

By submitting the form below, Participant declares that he/she is the owner of the property or an agent for the owner. Participant grants the City of Big Bear Lake, its contractors,inspectors and agents permission to access the property as needed for pile inspections, chipping services and monitoring. Participant acknowledges that the City of Big Bear Lake provides this service through contracts with chipping vendors. Participant agrees to waive and release the City of Big Bear Lake and its employees, Boards, contractors, volunteers, officers, agents, from all liability arising from participation in this project.

The information provided on the required form is used solely for purposes of this project. Participant acknowledges that the information provided is true and accurate to the best of his/her knowledge. Participant's personal contact information will not be shared beyond the scope of this project and will not be used for advertising.

Upon completion and successful submission, the form will serve as your official request for Curbside Chipping Service.


If you have any questions, please call 909-866-7521.


REQUEST FORM:  If you do not receive a pop up confirmation message that your form has been submitted, review your answers. All fields with an "*" are required to be completed for the form to be processed.

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Please register my property for curbside chipping
Who did the defensible space work?

Your submission was successful - your slash pile will be scheduled for chipping. Thank you