Public Safety

Board Waives Rebuilding, Records Fees After July 2018 Wildfires Destruction

Smoldering vehicle following a wildfire.

Residents who lost their homes in the July 2018 Wildfires will not need to pay for rebuilding permits or for vital records replacement, after the County Board of Supervisors voted Wednesday to waive those fees.

The wildfires broke out in extreme weather conditions on July 6 in Alpine and Dulzura and quickly burned out of control. More than 500 acres burned including 55 homes and 34 accessory buildings.

The board passed a resolution to identify the geographic areas of the July 2018 Wildfires disaster and make affected residents eligible for plan check review and rebuilding permit fee waivers for legal structures destroyed or damaged in the fire. The fee waivers would only apply for those homes in the unincorporated area or areas that require County permitting.

The resolution also authorizes the County Assessor/Recorder/County Clerk to issue free replacement of marriage, birth, and death certificates as well as some real estate documents that were destroyed in the fire.

Affected residents may also be eligible for property tax relief. Applications are available for reduced assessment for those whose property sustained damage of $10,000 or more due to the fire damage. Qualified taxpayers may also be able to defer their next installment of property taxes if they have filed a claim for property tax reduction. The application must be filed within 12 months of disaster damage. For more information on property tax relief, visit the Assessor/Recorder/County Clerk website.

Yvette Urrea Moe is a communications specialist with the County of San Diego Communications Office. Contact