California Fire Prevention Fee

If you haven’t already received it, you will soon.  Fire prevention bills are in the mail. 

Back in July of 2011, the State Responsibility Area (SRA) Fire Prevention Benefit Fee was enacted following the signing of Assembly Bill X1 29 . The new law approved an annual Fire Prevention Fee to pay for fire prevention services within the State Responsibility Area.  The SRA is the area of California where the State is financially responsible for the prevention and suppression of wildfires.  

The fee is $150 for any habitable structure within the SRA.  A habitable structure is a building that can be occupied for residential use. However, if the habitable structure lies within the boundaries of a local fire protection agency, Owners receive a slight break on the $150 fee — a reduction of $35 per habitable structure. To see if you fall within the SRA, click here and follow the directions.

The Fire Prevention Fee will fund a number of preventative services within the SRA including brush clearance on roads, evacuation routes and around communities on public lands.  It will also fund improvement of forest health so the forest can better withstand wildfire.