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TITLE 6. DISTRICTS [58000 - 62262]

  ( Title 6 added by Stats. 1951, Ch. 331. )

DIVISION 1. GENERAL [58000 - 60375.5]

  ( Heading of Division 1 renumbered from Division 2 by Stats. 1987, Ch. 56, Sec. 88. )

CHAPTER 3.5. Notice of Formation or Change in Boundaries of Districts [58900 - 58908]
  ( Chapter 3.5 added by Stats. 1953, Ch. 846. )


It is the purpose of this chapter to require that notice of a proposal be given to all owners of the real property described therein prior to the time the proposal is acted upon by the supervising authority.

(Added by Stats. 1953, Ch. 846.)


As used in this chapter, unless the context otherwise requires:

(a) “Proposal” means any proposal for the formation of a new, or change in the boundaries of an existing, district.

(b) “Supervising authority” means the board of supervisors, city council or the governing body authorized by law to act upon proceedings for the formation of a new, or change in boundaries of an existing, district.

(c) “District” means any tax, assessment or any other district except as otherwise provided in Section 58902.

(d) “Clerk” means the clerk or secretary of the supervising authority.

(e) “Principal act” means the law providing for the creation or change in boundaries of a district.

(Added by Stats. 1953, Ch. 846.)


Except as herein otherwise provided, this chapter shall apply to all districts. This chapter shall not apply to any boundary change which is approved by all of the owners of real property proposed to be included within, or proposed to be excluded from, the district, nor to any proceeding commenced or conducted with respect to forming a metropolitan water district or separation of grade district or changing the boundaries thereof.

(Amended by Stats. 1963, Ch. 1064.)


Upon the filing or other submission of any proposal, the supervising authority shall give notice thereof as required by this chapter.

(Added by Stats. 1953, Ch. 846.)


The notice of filing or other submission of the proposal shall contain the matters specified by the law under which the proposal is made. In lieu thereof it shall be sufficient if the notice of filing or other submission of the proposal shall contain the following:

(a) The nature of the proposal.

(b) A general description or map of the territory included in the proposal.

(c) The time and place of the first public hearing on the proposal if a public hearing is required by other provisions of law to be held upon the proposal, or the time and place upon which the supervising authority will take initial action upon the proposal.

(Amended by Stats. 1963, Ch. 1064.)


Every owner of real property, including property assessed by the State under Section 14, Article XIII of the Constitution, is hereby authorized to file a statement each fiscal year with the county assessor, showing his name, address, and a description of the property owned by him, together with a request that a notice of all proposals affecting such property shall be mailed to him at such address. The statement and request shall be effective only for the fiscal year in which it was filed. The fee for filing a statement and request is one dollar and fifty cents ($1.50). The property owner shall furnish a copy of the statement and request to the clerk of any supervising authority having a request for same on file with the county assessor, and this chapter shall be ineffective with respect to the actions of that supervising authority unless its clerk shall have received a copy of the statement and request.

(Amended by Stats. 1963, Ch. 1064.)


If the principal act requires notice to be mailed by first-class mail to all owners of property described in the proposal, including the owners of state assessed property, notice shall be mailed in the form and manner, and at the time, required by such act. If the principal act does not require such notice, the clerk shall cause a notice of the filing or other submission of the proposal to be mailed by post card or first class mail, postage prepaid, to every owner of real property described in the proposal who has filed the statement authorized by the preceding section, at the address shown on such statement, at least 10 days prior to the first hearing or initial action on the proposal. The clerk of the supervising authority may, upon completion of the mailing of such notices, file an affidavit with the supervising authority stating that notices have been mailed to all property owners entitled thereto under the provisions of this chapter. The affidavit of the clerk shall be conclusive evidence as to the mailing or nonmailing of any notice. Mailing of notice to all property owners who have filed a request therefor with the county assessor, as authorized by Section 58905, shall be deemed sufficient compliance with this chapter for all purposes.

(Added by Stats. 1953, Ch. 846.)


No proceeding shall be held invalid for omission of the clerk of the supervising body to mail the notice required by this chapter to any property owner unless such owner objects to such omission within 30 days after the public hearing or initial action with reference to which such notice was omitted. No objection shall be considered unless it is made in writing, signed, under oath by such owner or his duly authorized representative, and filed with the clerk of the supervising authority. Upon the expiration of said 30 days, the clerk may file an affidavit stating whether or not any property owner entitled to a mailed notice under this chapter who has not been mailed such notice, has filed the objection herein authorized. The affidavit of the clerk shall be conclusive evidence as to the filing or nonfiling of objections within the period of 30 days as above required. If a valid objection is filed within the time allowed, the supervising authority shall conduct another hearing or reconsider its initial action on the proposal, after complying with the notice provisions of this chapter and the principal act under which the proposal was initiated. The time allowed by such principal act for the taking of any proceedings subsequent to the initial action or hearing shall be extended for such additional time as may be required to comply with this chapter.

(Added by Stats. 1953, Ch. 846.)


The provisions of this chapter shall not be superseded or modified by any subsequent legislation except to the extent that such legislation shall do so expressly.

(Added by Stats. 1953, Ch. 846.)

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