Concrete Repair Programs
The City’s Concrete Repair Program was established to replace damaged concrete and remove major defects in the sidewalk area in front of single-family homes. The goal is to make these areas safer and easier to access for pedestrians.
Temporary repairs consist of a grind and/or patch to the damaged sidewalk. The repair is considered temporary until a more permanent repair can be performed. To request a temporary repair, contact the Maintenance Division at 510-979-5700 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Permanent repairs involve the full removal and replacement of a damaged sidewalk. Homeowners have two options available to them for permanent concrete repairs:
- OPTION 1: Wait for the City’s Concrete Repair program to repair the sidewalk.
- OPTION 2: Hire a contractor and repair the sidewalk at the homeowner’s expense.
OPTION 1 does not involve an out-of-pocket expense on the homeowner’s part, but it is normal for the wait to be very long before the Concrete Repair program arrives to the homeowner’s neighborhood. To be placed on the interest list for the program, contact the City’s Engineering Division.
Although, OPTION 2 involves an out-of-pocket expense on the homeowner’s part, it does address the problem more immediately.
Two permits must be acquired before a contractor may start work. Permit fees can normally be waived upon request for sidewalk repairs. The permits and the offices where you can apply for them are:
Landscape Architecture Division
The Citywide Intersection Ramp Program installs curb ramps in sidewalks at various locations throughout the City. Curb ramps at a specific street intersection may be requested by contacting the Engineering Division.
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.
In areas where the slope of the street is relatively flat, it is not uncommon to have some standing water in the curb after a rain event. 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 two options mentioned above for sidewalks to address damaged curbs.
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.