Choose the way debris is removed from your property

Deadline: November 13, 2017

Download the Right of Entry form for Sonoma County

As part of the recovery process, Sonoma County is working with government agencies to offer you two options for the removal of ash and debris left behind by the wildfires. Your decision and required forms for Option 1 or Option 2 below are due to Sonoma County by November 13, 2017.

Option 1: Opt-in to the government-funded debris removal

This is likely the best option for most AAA Insurance policyholders

  • This option allows government contractors to access your property, remove the debris, and dispose of it lawfully.
  • Under this option you are NOT responsible for debris removal costs, including any costs that might exceed your insurance coverage.
  • Your AAA Insurance policy will be billed for any debris removal costs, however, any amount we pay will not reduce the amount available to you as part of your claim.
  • We expect that this is the best option for most AAA Insurance policyholders because:
    • We spoke with representatives from Sonoma County, the Department of Insurance, the Army Corps of Engineers, and CalOES to make sure we understand the options available to you.
    • We do not have concerns about the agreement, which has been used for wildfires in other areas of the state.
    • It is expected to provide a more efficient and timely clean-up process that complies with local, state, and federal regulations.
    • It presents less financial risk and more streamlined processing.
  • You need to complete and return the Right of Entry form to Sonoma County by November 13, 2017.

Frequently Asked Questions

Option 2: Opt-out of the government-funded debris removal program

  • You will need to follow the opt-out process for Sonoma County.
  • You will be personally responsible for finding a contractor to legally remove debris on your property according to government standards and deadlines.
  • Removal costs will be billed to you, and you can submit those costs toward the total amount of your AAA Insurance claim.
  • Any debris removal costs that exceed your policy limits will be your responsibility and, even if the debris removal costs do not exceed your policy limits, they may reduce the amount otherwise available to you for other purposes under the policy.

If you don't opt-in or opt-out of the government-funded debris removal program

  • If you don't opt-in or opt-out by Monday, November 13, your property will be cleaned-up under a public health abatement program.
  • Full removal costs will be billed to you, and you can submit those costs toward the total amount of your AAA Insurance claim.
  • Any debris removal costs that exceed your policy limits will be your responsibility and, even if the debris removal costs do not exceed your policy limits, they may reduce the amount otherwise available to you for other purposes under the policy.

Questions about debris removal?

If you have questions about the government-funded debris removal program, contact Sonoma County.

If you have questions about your claim, contact your Claims Representative.