Once a permanent road division is established, can it be dissolved? If so, what is the cost and what happens to any monies we have collected? Does the road revert to being a private road?

A permanent road division 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 division is required to initiate a dissolution.

If the formation of a division 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 division before the dissolution will be recorded and may result in additional charges to the division.

Remaining Funds

Any funds held in a division 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 takes 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 permanent road division?
3. What are the costs associated with forming a permanent road division? Are there other fees required once the division is established?
4. If some people don't support the formation, can they prevent the division forming?
5. Who sets and approves our per parcel fee?
6. Who determines what work needs to be done? Who pays for these services?
7. How are bylaws relevant to forming a permanent road division?
8. Who makes up the bylaws?
9. Who handles the mailings for the Advisory Committee?
10. 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?
11. What happens to the money collected from a division of benefit?
12. What happens to our money if we don't use it all during the year? What if we don't have the work done that we budgeted for? Is our money lost? Can it be used by the County for other purposes?
13. Can an existing Road Association still levy charges for private road maintenance after a permanent road division is formed for road maintenance purposes?
14. What about back assessments owed to a Homeowners Association?
15. Are there any restrictions on what can be done on our road?
16. If we cannot post a speed limit on our road, how can we control speeders? What is our liability if an accident should occur?
17. Once a permanent road division is established, can it be dissolved? If so, what is the cost and what happens to any monies we have collected? Does the road revert to being a private road?
18. 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?
19. Will an existing Homeowners Association be eliminated when a permanent road division for road maintenance is formed?
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?