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The legal obligation of property owners to clear undergrowth on and around their house and land:
Owners of property must clear the undergrowth to a minimum of 50 metres from their house in wooded and forest areas - and even 100 metres if requested by the Mairie. This clearing must be done at the property owner's expense. If you have a neighbour within the 50 metres radius who has not cleared undergrowth, you may appeal to the Mairie to take action. It is your house that is being protected.
The commune will carry out and pay for the clearing of undergrowth on non-habitable and public land but it is up to individual home and landowners to look after the land immediately around their property.
If the clearing is not carried out, property owners could be fined - the Mairie will be given police powers to implement this law. For those who refuse or neglect to clear the area around their property, the Mairie will undertake the work. The property owner will be prosecuted and liable for all costs (article L 322.9.2 du code forestier).
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