Once a road zone of benefit is established, can it be dissolved?

A road zone of benefit can be dissolved by the initiation of the Board of Supervisors or by the initiation of the property owners or residents. A petition signed by 51% of the registered voters in the zone or property owners of 51% or more of the assessed value of the land and improvements is required to initiate a dissolution.

If the formation of a road zone was a condition of approval on a final map, a waiver of that condition must be obtained from the Planning Department before dissolution can proceed.


A filing fee of $200 is required to initiate the dissolution process. The actual costs to the County, including any fees charged by the State Board of Equalization, will be taken from the initial payment. Any costs over $200 must be paid by the zone before the dissolution will be recorded and may result in additional assessments or charges to the zone.

Remaining Funds

Any funds held in a zone account at the time of dissolution will be used for expenses related to the dissolution. If there are funds remaining once the dissolution is complete, they will revert to the County General Fund.

What Happens to the Road

Since irrevocable offers of dedication exist, the road will remain a public road. The County may choose to accept the road into the County Maintained Mileage System or the County may choose to vacate the road, returning it to private use. The residents may request that the Department of Public Works vacate the roads, however, the road will remain public unless and until the Board of Supervisors take formal action to vacate the road.

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1. 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; what can be done?
2. What is a zone of benefit?
3. What are the costs associated with forming a road zone of benefit? Are there other fees required once the zone is established?
4. If some people don't support the formation, can they prevent the zone forming?
5. Who sets and approves our per parcel fee?
6. If a vote is conducted for a benefit assessment and an individual has four contiguous parcels, are they entitled to four votes?
7. If a benefit zone is formed, will the road in the zone be subject to the same regulations that the Streets and Highways Code provides for County-maintained roads?
8. If there are two components to the assessments, capital improvements and maintenance, and the assessment for maintenance is dependent upon whether the parcel is developed?
9. How is approval calculated in a benefit assessment election?
10. Who determines what work needs to be done? Who pays for these services?
11. 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?
12. What happens to the money collected from a zone of benefit?
13. What happens to our money if we don't use it all during the year?
14. Can an existing Road Association still levy charges for private road maintenance after a zone of benefit is formed for road maintenance purposes?
15. What about back assessments owed to a Homeowners Association?
16. Are there any restrictions on what can be done on our road?
17. Once a road zone of benefit is established, can it be dissolved?
18. Will an existing Homeowners Association be eliminated when a zone of benefit for road maintenance is formed?
19. Is one of the benefits of being included in a zone of benefit being included in the County self-insurance program?
20. If the design of a road is alleged or proven as casual or contributory to an accident will this type of liability be covered by the County's self-insurance program?
21. Are there any programs available for senior citizens where they can defer their annual payments associated with the CSA?
22. Why were some private roads built to County standards and others were not and since we are already paying taxes for roads, why do we need to pay another tax to maintain our road?