By Michael P. Neufeld
UPDATE: Tuesday, January 14 – 1:50 p.m.
San Bernardino, CA – Action by the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors to extend the shake roof ordinance two years now moves to the January 28 agenda for final approval.
At the January 14 meeting, supervisors waived reading of the entire text and the item is now scheduled for the consent calendar in two weeks.
If approved on January 28, the ordinance will extend the final compliance date to July 1, 2016.
San Bernardino, CA – A two-year extension of San Bernardino County’s shake roof ordinance begins its way through the legislative process January 14. The Board if Supervisors will read the title of the amendment, waive reading of the entire text and schedule the changes for the consent calendar on Tuesday, January 28.
Approval of the amendments will change the date for compliance with the wood shake shingle roof replacement requirement from July 1, 2014, to July 1, 2016.
San Bernardino County Fire Chief Mark Hartwig explains the change will allow homeowners to apply for funds through the FEMA 2008 Legislative Pre-Disaster Mitigation Program grant to offset roof-replacement costs.
Chief Hartwig’s support documents also indicate the amendments will also exempt registered historic structures from the roof replacement requirement. The exception will help preserve the historic integrity of communities affected.
San Bernardino County adopted the original ordinance on October 21, 2008, as a way to help reduce the risk to life and property to wild land brush fires in areas in the mountain communities that are particularly prone to such fires. Those areas are called Fire Safety Zones.
The original ordinance was effective January 1, 2009.