FAQ's

Frequently Asked Questions

We've compliled a list of some Frequently Asked Questions below. If you can't find the question/answer you are looking for on this page, give us a call at the Association Office at 661-821-5537.

Q: Do I need ECC approval to trim storm damaged trees?

A: As Fall and Winter approach, we could experience storm and wind damage to not only our oak trees but other varieties as well. For the branches that break off you do not need a permit to trim the excess branch off. If you wish to do any other oak tree trimming apart from the storm damage, you will need to submit for an oak tree trim approval. These may be obtained at the BVSA office. Of course, take any safety measures necessary. For emergency action tree trimming, approvals can be processed in 24 hours or less. For further information, please call the ECC Reps at 821-5537 ext. 214.

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Q: If I am having a problem with a neighbor for a violation of the Rules and Regulations, what can I do?

A: If residents cannot resolve a situation between themselves, then turn to your Association. Should you have a situation that does not appear to be resolved through neighborly means, and you are willing to actively participate in the enforcement provided by the Rules and Regulations, you may complete an ECC Complaint form online. The Complaint form may be found within the "Resources" page on this website. If the situation is deemed in violation of the Rules and Regulations, the Board of Directors will institute the enforcement policy. Your continued assistance may be required.

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Q: How much property do I have to own to have horses?

A: One acre of land is required to have horses and there is a limit of 4 horses (or hooved animals) per acre. For each additional 1/4 acre of land, an additional horse (or hooved animal) is allowed.

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Q: What is an assessment?

A: The assessment is an annual fee due from each homeowner to cover the operating expenses of the common area and provide for reserve funds for replacement of common facilities in future years. Your assessments are due in July of each year. Statements will be sent out and reflect the dollar amount due and the due date.

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Q: How much are the assessment fees for BVS?

A: In 2011, the annual assessment fee was $1,294 per property. This fee can fluctuate from year to year because expenses of maintaining and operating facilities, paying salaries, etc. can increase or even decrease. The amount of an increase cannot exceed 20% over the previous year's assessment.

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Q: What happens if I don't pay my assessment?

A: The maintenance and management services incurred by the Association are dependent upon timely receipt of the assessments due from each homeowner. Late payments will result in a late charge as assessments are due by July 31 of each year. In addition, the CC&Rs allows the Association to charge late charges and interest and proceed with a lien on your property, or foreclosure proceeding for non-payment of assessments.

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Q: Are Board meetings open to all property owners? If so, when and where are they held?

A: Yes. Regular monthly Board meetings are held the third Monday of each month, starting at 6:00 pm. Generally they are held at the Oak Tree Country Club banquet room. Notice of the time and place, along with the meeting agenda of any open board meeting will be posted at the Association office as well as other locations within the community, or accessed online at www.bvsa.org.

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Q: If I want to serve on a committee, how do I find out what committees are active and how I can get involved?

A: Click here to go to the Committee List page where you will find a listing of all Board Advisory Committees and their members.  If you are interested in volunteering, please contact the Chair Person of the committee you are interested in.

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Q: How do I get a window decal for my car?

In order to maintain the security of our community and limit unauthorized entry through the gate, effective February 1, 2015, property owners and authorized residents will be required to display the newly designed BVCSD 2015/2016 vehicle decals upon their vehicles in order to enter Bear Valley Springs Affected community members shall adhere to the following:

1. Complete a “BEAR VALLEY CSD VEHICLE DECAL LIST” form. Forms are available at the Bear Valley Police Department front counter, the District Administration front counter, or may be downloaded HERE.

2. Documentation Required

Valid California drivers license displaying a BVS address OR

  • Current utility bill displaying a BVS address & photo ID

  • Grant deed verifying ownership of BVS property & photo ID

  • Valid rental agreement displaying a BVS address & photo ID

  • BVSA Amenity Cards are NOT an acceptable form of identification for issuance of gate decals.

3. Current Vehicle Registration Required

Current vehicle registration for ALL vehicles listed on the form must be presented for examination. Newly purchased vehicles will be issued a gate decal after review of the sales/registration paperwork provided by the dealer and/or DMV.

Decals will be available beginning January 3, 2015 through January 31, 2015 at the Bear Valley Police Department front counter. Additional volunteers (VIPs) will be on staff during the weekends in January (Saturdays and Sundays, 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM) to expedite the process. For questions, call the Bear Valley Police Department at 661-821-3239.

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Q: How do I get my new amenity cards?

A: Come to the Association office with information that shows you are the property owner and fill out an application (a picture ID is also required). Your information will be input to the computer and you will be issued an amenity card.

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Q: How long is the walking path at Cub Lake?

A: With the addition of the loop, the walking path is .63 of a mile. This measurement does not include the street side of the lake.

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Q: How many lots make up Bear Valley Springs?

A: As of 2012, 3582 lots of various sizes make of the community of Bear Valley Springs. The minimum lot size is .33 acres.

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Q: What can I do to prevent the spread of West Nile Virus?

A: You should inspect your property for areas of standing water. Place a "Mosquito Dunk" in water troughs, ponds, birdbaths, etc. This is a biologically safe method of mosquito control. Each dunk is good for 30 days and can be pruchased at the Association office for $1.00/each. These dunks will not harm wildlife or domestic animals, and can be broken in half for use in smaller ponds.

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