The Fire Prevention Fee is an amount that is to be collected annually from each commercial and industrial structure within the City of Port Wentworth Fire Prevention district.
Invoices are generated and mailed in July of each year and are due by September 30th of the same year. Failure to pay the Fire Prevention and Protection Utility Fee by September 30th will result in a 20% late penalty.
Again, bills are due by September 30th of each year. Payments must be received by 5:00 p.m. on September 30th to avoid a 20% penalty being added to the account. The bill contains instructions about how and where to pay. Click here to see sample bill.
The City has three convenient, simple, and secure methods to make a payment:
Payments must be received by 5:00 p.m. on September 30th to be considered timely. If the due date falls on a Saturday, Sunday or state holiday, payments must be received the preceding business day by 5:00 p.m.
The minimum fee charged for commercial and industrial structures within the City limits shall be one hundred dollars ($100.00) and the minimum fee charged for outside the City limits but in the fire district shall be two hundred and fifty dollars ($250.00). Any commercial and industrial structure within the City of Port Wentworth Fire Protection district over one million (1,000,000) square feet shall be charged a maximum of forty-five thousand dollars ($45,000.00).
Each year, the City of Port Wentworth Fire Department (PWFD) conducts Fire Inspections on commercial and industrial structures within the City. During each inspection an inspection form is completed that requests pertinent information about the owner, occupant and building square footage which is used to determine the amount of fee(s) to be assessed on each structure.
If you believe you do not owe the fee or that an error has been made in determining the square footage, you may submit an appeal to the PWFD (known as a petition for redetermination) after you receive the bill from the City.
IMPORTANT! The filing of an appeal does not prevent late penalty charges from being assessed should the appeal process exceed the due date of September 30th.
If any person or entity fails to reimburse the City as above provided, the City shall have the right to bring an action in the appropriate court to collect such costs. If such person or entity is the owner of real property affected or partially affected by the release of hazardous materials, or requiring emergency securement or monitoring, the City shall have the right to add any and all costs of clean up, restoration and/or of any emergency response, to the tax roll of such property and to levy and collect such costs in the same manner as provided for the levy and collection of real property taxes against said property.
7224 GA Highway 21
Port Wentworth, Georgia 31407
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Department Phone Numbers
Development Services - (912) 999-2084
Leisure Services - (912) 966-7428
Police - (912) 964-4360
Public Works - (912) 966-7427
Fire - (912) 966-7425
Senior Citizens Center - (912) 964-5411
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