Laws, Regulations & Annotations

Property Taxes Law Guide – Revision 2013

Revenue and Taxation Code

Property Taxation

Part 1. General Provisions

Chapter 1. Construction

Section 107.6

107.6. Notification of taxability of possessory interest. (a) The state or any local public entity of government, when entering into a written contract with a private party whereby a possessory interest subject to property taxation may be created, shall include, or cause to be included, in that contract, a statement that the property interest may be subject to property taxation if created, and that the party in whom the possessory interest is vested may be subject to the payment of property taxes levied on the interest.

(b) Failure to comply with the requirements of this section shall not be construed to invalidate the contract. The private party may recover damages from the contracting state or local public entity, where the private party can show that without the notice, he or she had no actual knowledge of the existence of a possessory interest tax.

The private party is rebuttably presumed to have no actual knowledge of the existence of a possessory interest tax.

In order to show damages, the private party need not show that he or she would not have entered the contract but for the failure of notice.

(c) For purposes of this section:

(1) "Possessory interest" means any interest described in Section 107.

(2) "Local public entity" shall have the same meaning as that set forth in Section 900.4 of the Government Code and shall include school districts and community college districts.

(3) "State" means the state and any state agency as defined in Section 11000 of the Government Code and Section 89000 of the Education Code.

(4) "Damages" means the amount of the possessory interest tax for the term of the contract.

History.—Added by Stats. 1977, Ch. 367, in effect January 1, 1978. Stats. 1996, Ch. 1087, in effect January 1, 1997, substituted "in that contract" for "in such contract", and substituted "the" for "such" in two places in subdivision (a); substituted "he or she" for "he" in two places, and substituted "no actual knowledge of the existence of a possessory interest tax" for "such actual knowledge" in the first sentence of the second paragraph of subdivision (b); and deleted "and shall include any interest described in Section 107.4" after "Section 107" in paragraph (1) of subdivision (c).

County permit.—A county use permit was not a contract within the meaning of this section since the user could not demonstrate any consideration for its exclusive use of the public property for commercial rafting. Scott-Free River Expeditions, Inc. v. El Dorado County, 203 Cal.App.3d 896.