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San Bernardino County Mountains Shake/Shingle Wood Roof Replacement Program Guidelines

The Mountain Area Safety Taskforce (MAST)

is no longer accepting new homeowner applications.



Due to the nature of the funding source, the applicant must own an "Eligible Unit" with a wood shake/shingle roof.  Any and all work to replace wood shake/shingle roofs must be conducted after the property owner receives a "Notice to Proceed" from the MAST organization.


Eligible improvements include the replacement of wood shake/shingle roofs with a minimum "Class A" rated asphalt composition shingle roof or other approved non-organic material having a minimum 30 year warranty and underlaid with a minimum 30 lb. felt material or equivelent, replacement of skip sheathing with solid sheathing, ice dams, drip edge, vent flashing, and non-ember intrusion vents.


Ineligible improvements include the replacement of dormers, sky lights, rain gutters, insulation, roof additions or other accessories, and existing plywood sheathing. Other ineligible costs are costs associated with the installation and/or repair of any structural improvements that may be needed or required.


Property owner understands that his/her participation in this Roof Replacement Program is a cost sharing/reimbursement process. The MAST organization through its Roof Replacement Program agrees to use its available FEMA and Office of Emergency Services grant funds to reimburse selected homeowners a percentage of the cost of replacing wood shake/shingle roofing with "Class A" composition roofing having a minimum 30 year warranty underlaid with 30 lb. felt with ice dam, including the removal and disposal of existing wood shake/shingles. For most of the grants, there are three factors which will be utilized to limit the reimbursement:

  • The reimbursement shall not exceed 70% of the cost of the lowest bid for roof replacement
  • The reimbursement shall not exceed $266.00 per square (100 sq. ft.)
  • The grant cannot exceed a maximum reimbursement amount of $4,500.00

(Note: an adjustment will be made at the beginning of each calendar year to reflect price adjustments based upon the San Bernardino County Consumer Price Index.)


Applications are available by contacting the MAST wood shake shingle roof replacement program. Applications will be accepted from qualified property owners. Funding is reserved on a first come, first served basis for property owners who have successfully submitted a complete application to the MAST wood shake/shingle roof replacement program. Roof replacement improvements will be authorized throughout the year based on funding, staffing resources, and weather. Once funding is exhausted, property owners will be placed on hold for future funding and/or the application will be denied due to lack of funding.

MAST will maintain an "approved" list of licensed, qualified roofing contractors from which program participants can obtain bids for the work to be completed. Please note that no self-labor will be permitted under this program. To be eligible for reimbursement, the property owner must submit three bids from approved licensed roofing contractors.

The MAST staff will work with property owners to ensure that all requirements are met prior to issuing a "Notice to Proceed." After all conditions of the application process have been fulfilled, the property owner will be issued a "Notice to Proceed" by the Fire Department. Only reroofing work commenced AFTER the property owner receives a "Notice to Proceed" shall be eligible for reimbursement. The property owner will have three (3) months to complete authorized reroofing work from the commencement date entered on the Notice to Proceed. Failure to complete the reroofing work within three (3) months may void the property's eligibility for reimbursement.

Each property owner shall ensure that the chosen roofing contractor obtains all required permits and inspections by the applicable jurisdiction. Periodic progress checks will be conducted by the MAST organization prior to a final inspection. The property owner shall provide approval from the Building & Safety Department that the roofing work has been completed in accordance with the California Building Code and local code amendments. The MAST organization and/or his/her designee shall "review and approve" or "review and deny" reimbursement based upon completeness of information submitted.