Sidewalk Repair Options
- Temporary repairs consist of a grind and/or patch to the damaged sidewalk.
- No cost
- Not permanent
- Must be scheduled
You can email a request to be placed on a list for field inspection by Maintenance staff. Inspections are conducted in the order requests are received.
To expedite the process you may email a picture of the concrete displacement with a ruler showing the height of the displacement.
Email the Maintenance Dept.
Option 2, Concrete Repair Program
- Permanent repairs involve the full removal and replacement of a damaged sidewalk.
- No out of pocket expense
- Must be scheduled
Email the Engineering Division to be put on the interest list or call 510-494-4700
Option 3, Hire a Contractor
- Addresses the problem immediately
- Involves out of pocket expense
- Two permits must be acquired before a contractor may start work.
Apply for a tree permit and get more information.
Obtain permit for encroachment (to be sure you meet city standards for sidewalks)
Encroachment Permit fees can normally be waived upon request for sidewalk repairs.
Planter Strip Concrete
The City does not repair or maintain concrete located in the planter strip (the area between the sidewalk and curb intended for landscaping). This concrete is considered a private improvement that was installed by the current or prior resident. If permanent repairs are scheduled in the area and if concrete in the planter strip is found to be damaged or has a major defect, the concrete will be removed and back-filled with soil.
The City recognizes the benefits of preserving mature street trees in the neighborhood. All concrete repair projects will attempt to preserve trees when replacing concrete sidewalks or curbs. Many locations can be repaired by simply cutting the problematic roots and thinning the tree canopy to keep the tree stable. If tree removal is found to be necessary by an independent arborist, a replacement tree will be planted in its place.
In areas where the slope of the street is relatively flat, it is not uncommon to have some standing water in the curb after rain. This water normally disappears within a few days after the rains have stopped. If the drainage problem is due to a damaged curb that has been raised by a tree, then the replacement of the curb may improve drainage. Homeowners have the same options mentioned above for sidewalks to address damaged curbs.