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Structure hardening refers to the use of building materials and design to increase a building’s wildfire resistance. During wildfire events, structures are most often ignited by direct exposure to flames, radiant heat, and flying embers. CAL FIRE has identified roofs as being the most vulnerable part of a structure, particularly those made of wood or shingles. Another vulnerability is single-pane windows that can break as a result of heat, allowing embers to enter a structure. Installing a Class A roof and multi-paned tempered glass windows are two of the low-cost structure hardening retrofits recommended by CAL FIRE.
To encourage property owners in the Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) area of Saratoga, the City offers the following rebates:
To qualify, a property must be located within City limits and the WUI. Funding is not available for improvements that are otherwise required by law. Wood shingled roof assemblies that meet the Class A rating are not eligible for rebates.
Applications may be submitted after receiving the necessary City permit(s), work has been completed, and within 30-days of passing final inspection. Applications must include a copy of proof of payment for improvements, copy of final inspection, and a W-9 form to be considered.
Rebates are issued on a first-come, first-served basis until program funding is depleted. Rebates may not exceed the total cost of improvements.
Use this online form to submit the application for the Structure Hardening Incentive Program or return a printed copy of the application (PDF) to:City of Saratoga, City Manager's Department13777 Fruitvale Avenue, Saratoga CA 95070
Leslie Arroyo, Assistant City Managerlarroyo@saratoga.ca.us
By checking the "I agree" box below, you agree to the following:
I understand that grants are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis until funding for the rebate program is expended; rebate amounts may not exceed the total cost of qualifying improvements; a complete application must be submitted within 30 days of passing the final inspection; rebates are not available for improvements that are legally required; wood shingled roof assemblies that meet the Class A rating are not eligible for rebate; and, applications submitted without the necessary attachments will not be eligible for consideration until the attachments have been provided. I certify under penalty of perjury that the statements on this application are accurate and that I incurred the costs reflected on the attached materials.
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