NATURAL DISASTER EXEMPTION

Exemption from the Fire Prevention Fee Due to Natural Disaster

Effective January 1, 2015, Assembly Bill 2048 added Section 4213.1 to the Public Resources Code to permit the State Board of Forestry and Fire Protection (Board) to exempt from the Fire Prevention Fee any habitable structure in the State Responsibility Area deemed uninhabitable due to a natural disaster that occurred during the year the fee is due.
Beginning with Fiscal Year 2014-15, if a property owner received a bill for the Fire Prevention Fee, and the habitable structure is no longer habitable due to a natural disaster that occurred on or after July 1, 2014, the property owner may apply for an exemption from paying the fee. The fee exemption applies to the fiscal year the natural disaster occurred and in any subsequent year if the habitable structure has not been repaired or rebuilt.

Submitting a Request for Exemption from the Fire Prevention Fee Due to Natural Disaster

An exemption from the Fire Prevention Fee may be granted if the owner of a habitable structure complies with the following conditions:

  1. The owner of the habitable structure certifies that the structure is not habitable due to a natural disaster.
  2. The owner of the habitable structure either documents the habitable structure passed a defensible space inspection conducted by the department or by one of its agents within one year of the date the structure was damaged or destroyed or certifies clearance as required under Section 4291 of the Public Resources Code,  was in place at the time the structure was damaged or destroyed due to a natural disaster.

Online Form
Download an application by selecting one of the links below:
Request for Exemption from the Fire Prevention Fee Due to Natural Disaster
Request for Exemption from the Fire Prevention Fee Due to Natural Disaster - Spanish

Request a Form by Phone
An application may be requested by contacting the Fire Prevention Fee Service Center at 1-888-310-6447.

Request a Form by Mail
An application may be requested by writing to the Fire Prevention Fee Service Center address below.
The exemption request form must be completed, signed and dated by the legal owner of the property. Missing information may delay the processing, and/or may result in the request being declined. Mail the completed form to the Service Center at the following address:

Fire Prevention Fee Service Center
Attn: Exemptions
P. O. Box 2254
Suisun City, CA 94585

Retain a copy of the application for your records.

Decision Process
After the exemption request is received by the Fire Prevention Fee Service Center, an acknowledgement letter is mailed to the applicant. The exemption request is reviewed by CAL FIRE and granted if appropriate. A notification regarding the decision, as well as any further action required, is mailed to the property owner.