Rebuilding Resources

Information for Property Owners within Tea and Jesusita Fire Burn Areas:

Planning & Development Tea Fire Resources Web Page


Tea Fire Sustainable Rebuilding Forum Video

View the Tea Fire Sustainable Rebuilding Forum Video from Dec. 13, 2008.   A link to the video and other resources are also located on the CEC Rebuilding After a Fire webpage.


Reuse of Existing Foundations Affected by the Tea and Jesusita Fires 

Typical Permits and Fees Applicable to Tea and Jesusita Fire Recovery Construction 

Small Business Administration (SBA) Offers Disaster Assistance - Application Deadline is July 20, 2009


Visit our Cleanup Information page to learn about debris removal, household hazardous waste removal, right of entry permits, and more.

Rebuilding Costs

When it's time to rebuild, first look to insurance and charities for help with rebuilding costs. When you have covered the costs, it is important to make sure that your new structure is built well, in a efficient manner and for a reasonable price. Here are some recommendations on how to find the right contractor and helpful resources,

  • Use only licensed contractors. Verify your contractor has a valid license on the Contractors State License Board Web site, or by phone at 1-800-321-2752. 
  • Check with your local Better Business Bureau to learn about the companies' reputation. 
  • Get at least two estimates for each job and compare to find the best price.
  • According to California Law, down payments for home repair are limited to $1,000 or 10 percent of the total cost, whichever is less.
  • Never pay with cash!  Pay with check or money order in three installments; the first when work is beginning, the second when work is almost complete and the last third when the work has been completed.
  • Before work begins make sure to get all promises in writing and sign a contract outlining the work, payment schedules, time frame, materials, and any other important topics.
  • Before work begins also be aware of the effects of construction and equipment operation on the air around you. For information on maintaining healthy air quality and air quality permits view the Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District site.  

Before you hire, check out your contractor at the:  State Contractors License Board