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State Fire Prevention Fee (SRA)

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  • AB 398 (Ch. 17-135) suspends the fire prevention fee effective July 1, 2017, through December 31, 2030. (Pub. Res. Code §4213.05) Effective January 1, 2031, the fee is repealed. (Pub. Res. Code §4229) There is no word as yet whether and/or how fees that were paid for the 2017-18 fiscal year will be refunded.

    The State Responsibility Area (SRA) Fire Prevention Benefit Fee was enacted following the signing of Assembly Bill X1 29 in July 2011. The law approved the new annual Fire Prevention Fee to pay for fire prevention services within the SRA. The fee is applied to all habitable structures within the SRA.

  • The fee is intended to support prevention activities conducted by CalFire, but may also be used to help offset significant costs in times of large wildland fires. It is important to note that the City of Vista has no control over these fees, and does not receive any of the monies collected to help support the local fire protection services.
    • The fee is levied at the rate of $150 per habitable structure, which is defined as a building that can be occupied for residential use. Owners of habitable structures who are also within the boundaries of a local fire protection agency will receive a reduction of $35 per habitable structure.
  • What is the State Responsibility Area?

    • The State Responsibility Area (SRA) is the area of the state where the State of California is financially responsible for the prevention and suppression of wildfires.

    • SRA does not include lands within city boundaries or in federal ownership. To see if a parcel is within the SRA enter in the parcel address in the State’s Board of Forest & Fire (BOF) Protection's State Responsibility Area Viewer.

    More information on the SRA fee can be found on the State Board of Forest & Fire Protection's web site.

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