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2017 Permit Fee (CFA) Update

As of early January, a number of cabin owners have already received their 2017 annual permit fee bill.  If you haven't received your 2017 bill yet, you should expect it to arrive in the next few weeks.

NFH closely monitored the fee determination and billing for 2016, the base year for the new CFA fee system.  We are pleased to report the Forest Service implemented the CFA annual fees for 2016 on schedule, a significant and historic administrative feat.  Going forward, this fee amount will be adjusted annually for inflation, the only future fee increase allowed under the CFA.  Cabin owners will not face future fee uncertainty and steep fee increases common under the prior fee system.

The inflationary adjustment for 2017 is an 1.398% increase, rounded to the nearest dollar.  The 2017 Fee Table is listed below for your reference.

2017 Annual Permit Fee Table

Fee Tier 

Approximate % of
Permits Nationally 

Base Fee Amount

Annual Permit Fee

 1  6 percent $650  $659
 2  16 percent $1,150  $1,166
 3  26 percent $1,650 $1,673
 4  22 percent $2,150  $2,180
 5  10 percent  $2,650  $2,687
 6  5 percent  $3,150 $3,194
 7  5 percent  $3,650  $3,701
 8  3 percent  $4,150 $4,208
 9  3 percent $4,650  $4,715
 10  3 percent $5,150 $5,222
 11  1 percent  $5,650      $5,729     


Did you know?

The USFS allows permit holders to pay their annual permit fees on-line using a credit card.  No additional transaction fee applies.  It's quick and easy.  See the USFS Bill Pay Instructions below, and/or click here to go to the USFS Bill Pay site.

So what happens next?

Transfer Fee.  At the beginning of 2016, the Forest Service also implemented the CFA $1,200 Transfer Fee, to be paid when a new permit is issued due to a change of cabin ownership.  While the Forest Service has yet to publish the final rules regarding the transfer fee, we offer the transfer fee guideline document below based upon our on-going dialog with the Forest Service.  While this information is NFH’s current understanding, this Transfer Fee Guideline document is not official and is subject to change with the official publication by the Forest Service.

Permit Changes. In the near future, you should receive a permit addendum, updating permit terms to conform to the new CFA law. All other terms of existing permits remain in effect, including the 20-year term which is scheduled for renewal in 2028. All future new permits will be issued with the updated CFA language.

USFS Handbook Changes.  Recreation Residence rules and regulation updates are necessary to remove references to the old CUFFA fee system and to add CFA fee language to conform to the new law.  We understand these changes have been drafted and are circulating within the agency for approval.

Still have Questions?  Please view the reference documents below, and/or click here to submit your CFA question.

Permit Fee Documents

Item Name Posted By Date Posted
Cabin Fee Act (CFA) Summary PDF (235.38 KB) Administration 1/5/2017
CFA Frequently Asked Questions PDF (214.52 KB) Administration 1/3/2017
CFA Transfer Fee Guidelines PDF (117.98 KB) Administration 1/3/2017
CFA Passage Announcement PDF (272.68 KB) Administration 1/3/2017
CFA Bill Text (HR3979 Section 3024) PDF (43.26 KB) Administration 1/3/2017
USFS On-line Bill Pay Instructions PDF (805.87 KB) Administration 1/5/2017