Laws & Regulations
On July 7, 2011 Assembly Bill X1 29 was signed into law establishing the Fire Prevention Fee. The bill required the State Board of Forestry and Fire Protection (BOF) to establish emergency regulation to implement the new fee at an amount not to exceed $150 per habitable structure within the State Responsibility Area (SRA).
On January 11, 2012, the BOF passed emergency regulation setting the fee at $150 with a $35 credit for habitable structures within a local fire protection agency. In accordance with law, all fees collected, aside from various administrative costs, will be appropriated in the annual Budget Act. The State will use the money to fund a variety of fire prevention activities, as specified in the law.
Permanent Regulations were adopted by the BOF on March 6, 2013.
Assembly Bill X1 29 requires the Board of Forestry and Fire Protection to adjust the fee each year on July 1, 2013, and annually thereafter, for inflation. For fiscal year 2013-2014, the fee has been increase by $2.33. This amount may be different in future years.
The bill required the State Board of Equalization (BOE) to collect the Fire Prevention Fee. The bill required collection of the fee within 30 days of receiving the bill from BOE.
Assembly Bill X1 29 Justification
- Fire protection of the public trust resources on lands in the state responsibility areas remains a vital interest to California.
- The presence of structures within state responsibility areas can pose an increased risk of fire ignition.
- The costs of fire prevention activities aimed at reducing the effects of structures in state responsibility areas should be borne by the owners of these structures.
- Individual owners of structures within state responsibility areas receive a disproportionately larger benefit from fire prevention activities than that realized by the state's citizens generally.
- It is the intent of the Legislature that the economic burden of fire prevention activities that are associated with structures in state responsibility areas shall be equitably distributed among the citizens of the state who generally benefit from those activities and those owners of structures in the state responsibility areas who receive a specific benefit other than that general benefit.
- It is necessary to impose a fire prevention fee to pay for fire prevention activities in the state responsibility areas that specifically benefit owners of structures in the state responsibility areas.