On April 16, 2020, City Council passed Resolution No. 2020-06 changing the Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT) and Big Bear Lake Tourism Improvement District Assessment (TBID) remittance schedule for rental receipts within the period January 1–March 31, 2020 (1st Quarter 2020). Normally, this remittance would be due on April 30; however, the owner/operator may extend this deadline to June 30, 2020, without penalty or interest if the documents required below are submitted on or before April 30, 2020.

COVID-19 Updates - available through the City's Official Newsletter - Elevation 6752'.  Sign up HERE.

July 2020 Updates

COVID-19 Update #83 - July 6, 2020 https://conta.cc/38zNyjt

COVID-19 Update #82 - July 3, 2020 https://conta.cc/3gq0wD7

COVID-19 Update #81 - July 2, 2020 https://conta.cc/3irPy1R

COVID-19 Update #80 - July 1, 2020 https://conta.cc/31vyRMS

June 2020 Updates

COVID-19 Update #79 - June 30, 2020 https://conta.cc/2BrsJKL

COVID-19 Update #78 - June 29, 2020 https://conta.cc/3ga2Spp

COVID-19 Update #77 - June 26, 2020 https://conta.cc/2A59hCW

COVID-19 Update #76 - June 19, 2020 https://conta.cc/2NfBtWW

COVID-19 Update #75 - June 17, 2020 https://conta.cc/3hEbExC

COVID-19 Update #74 - June 15, 2020 https://conta.cc/30MOwXU

COVID-19 Update #73 - June 10, 2020 https://conta.cc/3fc3meb

COVID-19 Update #72 - June 5, 2020 https://conta.cc/2Yaasce

COVID-19 Update # 71 - June 2, 2020https://conta.cc/2XTIDFd

COVID-19 Update # 70 - June 1, 2020 https://conta.cc/3eDfwfZ

May 2020 Updates

COVID-19 Update #69 – May 29, 2020 https://conta.cc/3dmfhWA

COVID-19 Update #68 - May 28, 2020 https://conta.cc/36DwZCh

COVID-19 Update #67 - May 27, 2020 https://conta.cc/2TNAAsh

COVID-19 Update #66 - May 26, 2020 https://conta.cc/3gpRAhU

COVID-19 Update #65 - May 23, 2020 https://conta.cc/2zs86Nz

COVID-19 Update #64 - May 22, 2020 https://conta.cc/2LNZh3o

COVID-19 Update #63 - May 21, 2020 https://conta.cc/2LLCBRn

COVID-19 Update #62 - May 20, 2020 https://conta.cc/2yjnhYU

COVID-19 Update #61 - May 19, 2020 https://conta.cc/3e2Jda6

COVID-19 Update #60 - May 18, 2020 https://conta.cc/3fZFoEh

COVID-19 Update #59 - May 15, 2020 https://conta.cc/3fUAPLy

COVID-19 Update #58 - May 14, 2020 https://conta.cc/2yXNixi

COVID-19 Update #57 - May 13, 2020 https://conta.cc/3bufchy

COVID-19 Update #56 - May 12, 2020 https://conta.cc/3dDSLrO

COVID-19 Update #55 - May 11, 2020 https://conta.cc/2yCYCyU

COVID-19 Update #54 - May 8, 2020 https://conta.cc/2Wy0Kj2

COVID-19 Update #53 - May 7, 2020 https://conta.cc/3dmbyri

COVID-19 Update #52 - May 6, 2020 https://conta.cc/3b8zAEY

COVID-19 Update #51 - May 5, 2020 https://conta.cc/2A3DLVI

COVID-19 Update #50 - May 4, 2020 https://conta.cc/2yhANwl

COVID-19 Update #49 - May 2, 2020 https://conta.cc/3fgKpYD

COVID-19 Update #48 - May 1, 2020 https://conta.cc/2VVBJ2k

April 2020 Updates

COVID-19 Update #47 - April 30, 2020 https://conta.cc/2Sqni47

COVID-19 Update #46 - April 29, 2020 https://conta.cc/2SffaU7

COVID-19 Update #45 - April 28, 2020 https://conta.cc/2Shb8KJ

COVID-19 Update #44 - April 27, 2020 https://conta.cc/2KF1QEd

COVID-19 Update #43 - April 26, 2020 https://conta.cc/3eTqbnF

COVID-19 Update #42 - April 25, 2020 https://conta.cc/2W0BiT0

COVID-19 Update #41 - April 24, 2020 https://conta.cc/3aFTx5v

COVID-19 Update #40 - April 23, 2020 https://conta.cc/2yEBb7M

COVID-19 Update #39 - April 22, 2020 https://conta.cc/2VvF5ck

COVID-19 Update #38 - April 21, 2020 https://conta.cc/3cBQflf

COVID-19 Update #37 - April 20, 2020 https://conta.cc/34POrT4

COVID-19 Update #36 - April 19, 2020 https://conta.cc/3eycM4g

COVID-19 Update #35 - April 18, 2020  https://conta.cc/3bpo5K8

COVID-19 Update #34 - April 17, 2020 https://conta.cc/34J5Nku

COVID-19 Update #33 - April 16, 2020 https://conta.cc/3aj3INg

COVID-19 Update #32 - April 15, 2020 https://conta.cc/3epvSJU

COVID-19 Update #31 - April 14, 2020 https://conta.cc/3b9Au4F

COVID-19 Update #30 - April 13, 2020 https://conta.cc/2VtisDN

COVID-19 Update #29 - April 11, 2020 https://conta.cc/2xdaQNZ

COVID-19 Update #28 - April 10, 2020 https://conta.cc/3ecNYi9

COVID-19 Update #27 - April 9, 2020 https://conta.cc/2Xl4y9D

COVID-19 Update #26 - April 8, 2020 https://conta.cc/3e6Utmv

COVID-19 Update #25 - April 7, 2020 https://conta.cc/3cbVvvZ

COVID-19 Update #24 - April 6, 2020 https://conta.cc/2JGEH3M 

COVID-19 Update #23 - April 5, 2020 https://conta.cc/2XnF5MT

COVID-19 Update #22 - April 4, 2020  https://conta.cc/2XgFY9A

COVID-19 Update #21 - April 3, 2020 https://conta.cc/2UGMHbm

COVID-19 Update #20 - April 2, 2020  https://conta.cc/2X2Ffsz

COVID-19 Update #19 - April 1, 2020 https://conta.cc/2w2RgDg

COVID-19 Update #18 - March 31, 2020   https://conta.cc/2ygkzTB

March 2020 Updates

COVID-19 Update #18 - March 31, 2020   https://conta.cc/2ygkzTB

COVID-19 Update #17 – March 30, 2020 https://conta.cc/2URYC5b

COVID-19 Update #16 – March 29, 2020 https://conta.cc/2UqkiWM

COVID-19 Update #15 – March 28, 2020  https://conta.cc/2wLfNNt

COVID-19 Update #14 – March 27, 2020 https://conta.cc/3buEYTb

COVID-19 Update #13 – March 26, 2020 https://conta.cc/33ON72d

COVID-19 Update #12 – March 25, 2020 https://conta.cc/2UAaZT3

COVID-19 Update #11 – March 24, 2020 https://conta.cc/2xjk5vI

COVID-19 Update #10 – March 23, 2020 https://conta.cc/2WCU0SN

COVID-19 Update #9 – March 22, 2020 https://conta.cc/2xYaBGl

COVID-19 Update #8 – March 21, 2020 https://conta.cc/3aapNhN

COVID-19 Update #7 – March 20, 2020 https://conta.cc/2weYKmZ

COVID-19 Update #6 – March 19, 2020 https://conta.cc/395vQTA

COVID-19 Update #5 – March 18, 2020  https://conta.cc/2U4D1at

COVID-19 Update #4 – March 17, 2020 https://conta.cc/2TZ6W3R

COVID-19 Update #3 – March 16, 2020 https://conta.cc/2Wuu1x1

COVID-19 Update #2 – March 14, 2020  https://conta.cc/2vpYrVW


Recommendations for Residents

If you are a resident of Big Bear Lake, the City encourages you to remain vigilant, and adhere to the following recommendations:

  • the most vulnerable members of our community should continue to take special precautions, and limit interactions with others to the maximum extent practical.
  • all individuals should carry face coverings on their person, for use during all interactions with others
  • all individuals should maintain at least 6 feet of separation from others whenever possible,
  • all individuals should wash your hands frequently, and/or use hand sanitizer whenever it's not possible to wash your hands,
  • all individuals should avoid touching your face,
  • all individuals should cover your cough or sneeze,
  • if you do travel off the mountaintop, or out of the area, be especially vigilant so you don't contract the virus and return to Big Bear Lake, and importantly, consider the needs of our local business owners and their employees (your neighbors!), and understand the need for our community to get back to work so that we can remain a vibrant,attractive, and cohesive community!
Recommendations for Visitors

The City, our businesses, and our residents have all worked hard for the past 10 weeks+ to keep our community safe, and we're pleased to be one of the safest places anywhere.

We truly want others to enjoy this special place, and we welcome our visitors' significant contributions to our community. We do, however, need ALL visitors to respect our community, act responsibly, and be especially mindful of our COVID-19 concerns. The City asks ALL visitors to adhere to the following:

  • if you are not feeling well, please stay away!
  • enjoy Big Bear Lake with your immediate family or immediate household, and please don't organize large gatherings or parties in Big Bear Lake (note: vacation rentals are permitted, but are limited to members of the same immediate household),
  • whenever possible, please patronize our local restaurants who are eager to serve you, and also bring supplies from your home community,
  • respect our permanent residents, and act responsibly in and around our community - the same way you'd want visitors to behave in your community,
  • consider the fact that you may unknowingly be carrying COVID-19 from your home community, and take appropriate precautions to help keep our community safe so we may continue to welcome visitors in the future,
  • carry face coverings at all times, and use them during all interactions with others,
  • always maintain at least 6 feet of separation from others whenever possible, and
  • wash your hands frequently, and/or use hand sanitizer whenever it's not possible to wash your hands
Recommendations for Big Bear Lake Businesses/ Governor’s Resilience Roadmap

With businesses finally reopening in the Big Bear Valley, the City encourages ALL businesses to diligently implement the following:

  • require all customers to wear face coverings in order to enter your establishment,
  • require all employees to wear face coverings and other appropriate PPE,
  • consistently maintain at least 6 feet of separation between all customers and employees, and make sure staff is available to educate customers about the need for proper separation, 
  • provide hand sanitizer stations and/or hand washing stations at the entrance, and promote good hygiene, and
  • thoughtfully consider your neighbors, the residents of our community, who may have valid and continuing fears of COVID-19, and try to understand this issue from their perspective.

Please post the flyer below in multiple visible locations to provide a constant reminder!

Governors Roadmap Image



Essentially all businesses in Big Bear Lake are now permitted to operate under the Governor's Resilience Roadmap (with some restrictions in place for certain businesses).

In order to eliminate confusion for Business owners, the City advises all City businesses to adhere to business-specific guidance included in the Governor's Resilience Roadmap when opening.

Specific questions or complaints regarding business-specific guidance should be directed to the Governor’s office and/or the California Department of Public Health.

As a result of these recent changes, essentially all businesses in Big Bear Lake are now permitted to operate under the Governor's Resilience Roadmap (with limitations for some).

The City encourages all Big Bear Lake businesses to take all appropriate steps to keep your employees, your customers, and our community safe! PLEASE implement appropriate physical distancing, require face coverings, promote good hygiene, implement proper disinfection procedures, and other health and safety measures - help us keep Big Bear Lake SAFE and OPEN!


Face Coverings in Big Bear Lake

The City of Big Bear Lake is focused on making sure our community continues to experience a low incidence of COVID-19. One way we can all help to prevent the spread of COVID-19 is to wear face coverings when interacting with others. We get it - the face coverings can be uncomfortable, unnatural, and some question their effectiveness or need - but they are one of the easiest protection measures to implement, and far more preferable than shutting down our entire community again!

Face coverings are more important to prevent the spread of COVID-19 from you to others, especially if you are not exhibiting symptoms and don't know you're carrying the virus. The face covering reduces the likelihood that droplets containing the virus make it out of you and into the air near others, and wearing a face covering shows that YOU CARE about others around you. PLEASE do your part by ALWAYS wearing a face covering when interacting with others!

To clarify, in Big Bear Lake:

  • face coverings are required, and are highly recommended for use by EVERYONE while interacting with others - indoors and outdoors,
  • face coverings are required to be worn by all employees of businesses operating in Big Bear Lake to demonstrate to our residents and visitors that we care about their safety, and to comply with official guidelines,
  •  ALL of our businesses should implement a policy whereby customers may not enter the business if they are not wearing a face covering; many official guidelines require customers to wear face coverings, many businesses are already doing this, and we now need ALL businesses to do their part,
  • face coverings should be worn by all residents to show our neighbors that we care about their safety, and to prevent us from unknowingly spreading the virus to our visitors,
  • face coverings should be worn by all visitors to Big Bear Lake to prevent the spread of the virus from their home communities to our community.

Given the alternative of shutting everything down again, it's not too much to ask our residents, businesses, and visitors to wear face coverings. Show others that you care about their safety and well-being, and PLEASE wear face coverings any time you come within 6 feet of others - period!

As Mayor Rick Herrick notes, "We are living in interesting times and with each new day we need to adjust to new orders and new realities which can be confusing or seem contradictory. As Mayor, I am asking that we set the right tone for our residents and our visitors by practicing social distancing, proper hygiene and wearing face coverings while shopping or encountering non-family members in public. Face coverings are the most visual indicator that we care about your health. Please join me along with our City Council, community leaders, our houses of worship, our stores, and restaurants by creating a space where residents and visitors can feel confident that we are doing our part to curtail COVID-19."

Thank you for EVERYONE'S cooperation! Show others that you care!


COVID-19 Testing in San Bernardino County

With communities all over California reopening, including Big Bear Lake, it is more important than ever to quickly identify COVID-19 cases and take appropriate steps to quarantine infected individuals and engage in contract tracing as quickly as possible. With COVID-19 testing now readily available, the City encourages EVERYONE with potential COVID-19 symptoms to get tested immediately. 

COVID-19 testing is now readily available in many locations in San Bernardino County, and a complete list of testing sites, hours, and instructions is located here. Big Bear Lake residents are eligible for testing at any of these locations.

The City continues efforts to schedule antibody testing in Big Bear Lake. City staff continues to work with public health officials to offer this testing at City Hall in mid-June, and additional information will be included in future City COVID-19 updates.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, people with COVID-19 have reported a wide range of symptoms – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus, and may include:

  • fever or chills
  • cough
  • shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • fatigue
  • muscle or body aches
  • headache
  • new loss of taste or smell
  • sore throat
  • congestion or runny nose
  • nausea or vomiting
  • diarrhea.

If you have one or more of these symptoms, please call your medical provider or visit one of the County's COVID-19 test sites as soon as possible. It's in your best interest, your family's best interest, and our community's best interest to diagnose any new cases as quickly as possible.

Financial Assistance/Resources

Several assistance programs have already been announced, including the following:

    1. Up to 39 weeks of benefits starting with weeks of unemployment beginning February 2, 2020, through the week ending December 31, 2020, depending on when you became directly impacted by the pandemic.
    2. An additional $600 to each PUA weekly benefit amount you may be eligible to receive, as part of the separate CARES Act Pandemic Additional Compensation program. Only the weeks of a claim between March 29 and July 31 are eligible for the extra $600 payments.

Numerous California banks and mortgage companies are offering grace periods, relief from late fees and other charges, and limiting foreclosure actions. To learn more, click here.

  • San Bernardino County implemented the COVID-Compliance Business Partnership Program as part of the San Bernardino County Readiness & Recovery Plan to support local small businesses and help ensure ongoing compliance with public safety practices. Learn more and apply HERE.

For detailed information on business funding options, as well as unemployment and tax information, please click HERE. This information was compiled by Accountingprose, a business bookkeeping & accounting service, and is updated almost daily.

For assistance navigating these potential opportunities, please contact Christine Bennett, Senior Administrative Services Analyst at 909-866-5831.

Press Release Number: 20-097
Project ID: 38852
District: 8 Riverside/San Bernardino
Phone: (909) 383-1910

Update: Bridge Railing Replacement on SR-330

SAN BERNARDINO – The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) will continue work on the bridge rail replacement project on State Route 330 (SR-330) at the West Fork City Creek Bridge.


2020 MJHMP The Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 requires that local governments, as a condition of receiving federal disaster mitigation funds, adopt a mitigation plan describing the process for identifying hazards, risks and vulnerabilities, identify and prioritize mitigation actions, encourage the development of local mitigation and provide technical support for those efforts.

The 2020 Hazard Mitigation Plan is a multi-jurisdictional plan (MJHMP) impacting the City of Big Bear Lake and Big Bear City (Big Bear City Community Services District or CSD) as the Big Bear Fire Authority provides Fire Suppression and Prevention services to both jurisdictions. This MJHMP helps identify the needs within the Big Bear Valley to reduce our community’s risk of natural disasters such as wildfires, earthquakes, flooding, and strong wind storms. 

This document is drafted and updated by a team of subject matter experts within the City, CSD, and the Big Bear Fire Authority, with input from the community, and is approved by the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (CALoes) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).  

View the MJHMP


Planning Commission AND Department of Water & Power (DWP) Board of Commissioners

The City Council of the City of Big Bear Lake is seeking qualified citizens who are interested in serving on the City’s Planning Commission on the DWP’s Board of Commissioners.

The Planning Commission has two (2) vacancies that will be open July 1, 2019 for a four (4) year term ending June 30, 2023. The Planning Commission meets the first and third Wednesday of every month at 1:15 p.m. in Hofert Hall at the Big Bear Lake Civic Center. Responsibilities include decisions related to land use issues such as the General Plan, zoning, development, environmental ordinances, etc. All applicants must be full-time residents and a registered voter in the City of Big Bear Lake. 

The DWP Board has one (1) immediate vacancy with the term ending on June 30, 2021 and three (3) vacancies that will be open July 1, 2019 for a four (4) year term ending June 30, 2023. The DWP Board meets at 9 a.m. on the fourth Tuesday of every month at the DWP offices located on Garstin Drive. Responsibilities include decisions related to water conservation, supply, generation, distribution and sale of water and related services. All applicants must be registered voters and reside in an area served by the DWP. 

Deadline to submit an application is Friday, May 3, 2019 at 5:00 p.m.



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