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Permanent Road Division

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I live on a private road that needs to be maintained. The neighbors don't agree on what needs to be done or how much each of us should pay; some refuse to pay at all!

A group of citizens can form a Homeowners Association, a Road Maintenance Association, a CSA Zone of Benefit, or a Permanent Road Division.
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What is a Permanent Road Division?

A permanent road division is a geographic area formed pursuant to California Streets and Highways Code, Section 1160, et. Seq. to provide road improvements and road maintenance.
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What are the costs associated with forming a permanent road division? Are there other fees required once the division is established?

A $350 application fee is required. This deposit will be used to defray the initial costs associated with division formation.
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If some people don't support the formation, can they prevent the division forming?

If a 2/3 majority of the property owners are willing to sign irrevocable offers of dedication and those controlling the easements is obtained, the formation can proceed.
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Who sets and approves our per parcel fee?

There is one type of fee that can be levied in the permanent road division program, a special tax.
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Who determines what work needs to be done? Who pays for these services?

As part of formation, the members of the division elect an Advisory Committee and identify a Key Contact to act as liaison to the County.
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What about Bylaws?

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Who makes up the Bylaws?

The Department of Public Works will send a sample set of Bylaws to a member of the Advisory Committee shortly after the creation of an Advisory committee.
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Who handles the mailings for the Advisory Committee?

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Are we required to bring our road up to any particular standards? Is there a requirement as to the level of maintenance and/or improvements we must provide?

At this time there are no standards established for division roads, although compliance with Fire Safety Regulations is recommended.
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