Cabin Fee Act – The New Year Begins
As 2016 begins to unfold, many cabin owners are receiving new fee letters from the USFS. To learn more about the fee tier and the CFA, see Cabin Fee Act Summary.
NFH provided input for virtually all aspects of the CFA implementation and has ongoing dialog with the Forest Service regarding cabin owner expectations and communications.
What can the cabin owners expect?
From the FS: Along with your CFA fee tier determination and 2016 bill, the Forest Service plans to provide a letter to each permit holder with key data used to determine the fee. That base data includes: 1.) typical lot group, 2.) appraisal value, and 3.) date of value.
Appeal v. Errors: There is no CFA fee appeal; however, if any of the data is wrong, the permit holder should contact their permit administrator to request a correction.
Permit Changes. You will receive a permit addendum, updating permit terms to conform to the new CFA law. All other terms of existing permits remain in effect, including the 20-year term.
Future Permits. All future new permits will be issued with the updated CFA language.
Transfer Fees. Fees begin in 2016, as soon as the Forest Service finalizes rules for new permits issued due to a change of cabin ownership.
Important: To avoid the transfer fee, NFH advises all cabin owners contemplating changes to submit their request to the Forest Service in 2015.
Our membership's effort over 7 years to establish a new fee system will soon come to a conclusion.
While the new CFA tiered fee system isn't perfect, it offers the benefits of fee stability and predictability for years to come. Not all of the inequitable fee situations created by the prior flawed appraisal system will be fully corrected, yet the tier system is a vast improvement.
All cabin owners will benefit as the program and permit fees stabilize and future steep fee increases are eliminated. We remain confident cabin owners will find the CFA fee tier system a great improvement.
Doug Gann, NFH Director
For more information, select one:
Cabin Fee Act Summary
Frequently Asked Questions